March 21, 2016
Superintendent Ed Graff was recognized in February with the Exemplary Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Leadership Award from CASEL, which stands for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. This award has only been given twice before; to former ASD Superintendent Carol Comeau in 2011 and Nashville Metropolitan School District Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register in 2015.
According to Ann McKay Bryson, an SEL specialist with CASEL, Graff is held in high esteem for his SEL leadership, his vision for sustaining systemic SEL, and for his eloquent ability to convey the message of how vital social and emotional learning is for every student, every day in every classroom.
CASEL identifies the Anchorage School District as a national leader in social and emotional learning. SEL skills were first taught in ASD more than two decades ago to help create respectful and welcoming school environments. SEL involves teaching and facilitating skills that students and adults need to be successful at home, at school, in the workplace and in life. When students and adults have social and emotional skills they are self and socially aware, and have the ability to manage themselves both independently and while interacting with others. They can listen to perspectives of others, use positive communication, be aware of cultural issues and differences, set and achieve goals, and take personal responsibility for their learning. ASD’s SEL efforts are integrated into curriculum districtwide.
The community is welcome to learn more about the district’s SEL efforts by attending the SEL-ebration at 5 p.m. on April 12 at East High School. More than 38 schools will showcase what SEL looks, sounds and feels like in a school environment.
CASEL is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Its mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.