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    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • What is SEL?

    Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL helps provide students with equitable, supportive, and welcoming learning environments. It is more than just a program or lesson; SEL can educate hearts, inspire minds, and help students navigate their world more effectively.

    ASDV knows that there is more to succeeding in school and life than academics. Just as important, is a student’s ability to understand themselves and others and make responsible choices. ASD Virtual students will have access to Suite360, a program that is designed to help develop and maintain social and emotional health.


    Why focus on social and emotional learning (SEL)?

    • Academic, social, and emotional development of children are intertwined.
    • Children with strong social and emotional learning skills perform better academically.
    • 1 in 6 children suffer from mental health issues.
    • A foundation for strong mental health helps children:
      • Understand and manage emotions
      • Set and reach positive goals
      • Have and show empathy toward others
      • Build and maintain positive relationships
      • Make responsible choices


    Why Suite360?

    • Suite360 used 20 years of research to design a program to help children build social and emotional learning skills.
    • Suite360 offers short weekly lessons to help children develop skills to deal with feelings, bullying, empathy and more.  
    • These lessons will be facilitated by a teacher one day a week, or students can go through them on their own.  
    • Each lesson is an engaging multimedia learning experience with instruction, practice activities, and discussion.


    How will Suite360 work? 

    • Each week feature a new SEL theme
    • K-5 teachers will host a 30 minute session to lead and discuss the weekly lesson.
    • 6-12 teachers will share content and be available to student for discussion.
    • Students/families can access the lesson via the Suite360 link in Clever.  
      • Lessons take 15 minutes to complete, if done asynchronously.
    • While these social and emotional learning sessions using Suite360 are not required, we strongly encourage families to take advantage of the program and discuss the skills their children are learning.