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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social Emotional Learning is the process by which students and adults develop skills and competencies that, in a developmentally appropriate way, increase the skills of self-regulation, relationship skills, decision-making, and planning.

Our definition of SEL is:
SEL is knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, achieve goals, and show empathy in order to maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

OR in Haiku form:

Manage how I feel
Achieve goals and empathize
Practice this each day

Cambridge SEL work consists of multiple initiatives designed to help students grow into responsible decision makers.

These skills are taught through the Health Education curriculum and through the Responsive Classroom morning meetings in the elementary schools and Developmental Designs Advisory in the Upper Campuses. These skills are also embedded in the Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs instructional techniques used by our elementary and Upper Campus teachers.  For more information:

Massachusetts Guidelines for Implementing Social and Emotional Learning Curricula K-12

Responsive Classroom

Developmental Designs

Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

Helping Traumatized Children Learn

CPS Health Education