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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life. When we think of educating the whole child, their social and emotional development must be considered as a part of overall instruction.

SEL Standards Adopted

As of 1-1-2020 SEL Standards have been adopted.

SEL Implementation Resources

Washington SEL Capacity Building Training Series

January 14, 2020 Committee Meeting

February 18, 2020 Committee Meeting

March 17, 2020 Committee Meeting

May 19, 2020 Committee Meeting

July 8, 2020 Committee Meeting

August 18, 2020 Committee Meeting

  • 2017- ESSB 5883, Sec. 501 (31) (2017) - OSPI to convene a workgroup to build on the previous work of 2015 by completing standards/benchmarks/indicators.
  • 2016- ESSB 6052 Sec 501 [34] - OSPI to convene a workgroup to recommend comprehensive SEL benchmarks

  • 2019 - 2SB 5082 - OSPI to promote and expand SEL Implementation

  • 2020 - HB 2816 - Positive Social & Emotional School and Classroom Climates -- Model Policy and Procedure

  • 2020 - SB 5395 - Sexual Health Education

SEL Research-Supporting Work

  1. WA Landscape Scan- Scan of social and emotional learning (SEL) activities across Washington state.
  2. National Scan- Scan of social and emotional learning (SEL) national activities
  3. WA Survey Results (2019)- WA state stakeholder social and emotional learning survey with families, students, educators, and community partners. 
  4. Annotated bibliographies- Evidence basis for the development of social and emotional learning (SEL) indicators.
  5. Indicators Reference List- Reference list for the development of social and emotional learning (SEL) indicators.