June 2018
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Social Emotional Wellness Snapshot

The Social Emotional Wellness Snapshot is focused information that will be offered five times in the school year. The purpose is to support leadership capacity and increase awareness and understanding of social emotional learning and its importance in a healthy community.
definition of social emotional learning
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to:
- understand and manage emotions
- set and achieve positive goals
- feel and show empathy for others
- establish and maintain positive relationships
- make responsible decisions

CASEL (Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning

What are the 5 components of Social Emotional learning?

Self Management

The ability to regulate one’s emotions, cognitions, and behaviours effectively in different situations. This includes delaying gratification, managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working towards achieving personal and academic goals.

· Impulse control
· Stress management
· Self-discipline
· Self-motivation
· Goal-setting
· Organizational skills

Self Awareness

The ability to accurately recognize one’s feelings and thoughts and their influence on behaviours. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations, and possessing a realistic sense of self-efficacy and optimism.

· Identifying emotions
· Accurate self-perception
· Recognizing strengths
· Self-confidence
· Self-efficacy

Social Awareness

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behaviour, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports

· Perspective-taking
· Empathy
· Appreciating diversity
· Respect for others


Relationship Skills

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking help when needed.

· Communication
· Social engagement
· Relationship-building
· Teamwork

Responsible Decision Making

The ability to make constructive choices about personal behaviour, social interactions based consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the wellbeing of self and others. 

· Identifying problems
· Analyzing situations
· Solving problems
· Evaluating
· Reflecting
· Ethical responsibility

 Social Emotional learning supports the Core competencies
Although Social emotional learning supports all of the core competencies it most closely aligns with the Personal and Social Core Competencies.

Personal Awareness and Responsibility
~ Self Determination
~ Self Regulation
~ Well-being

Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
~ Relationships and Cultural Contexts
~ Personal Values and Choices
~ Personal Strengths and Abilities

Social Responsibility
~ Contributing to Community and Caring for      the Environment
~ Solving Problems in Peaceful Ways
~ Valuing Diversity
~ Building Relationships
Learning support initiatives to support Social Emotional Wellness for students and staff!
social emotional wellness advocates
We are happy and delighted to say that we have a Social Emotional Wellness Advocates representing 44 of our 47 schools!  

This fall we had a day long retreat with our Advocates in the beautiful setting of the Round House Farm. It was a day to connect, learn, get inspired and make plans for the year. 

We hope that our Advocates have opportunities during the year to converse with their colleagues on the personal and academic value of integrating social emotional learning into the day to day of the school.   

Watch for next SEW Snapshot in February 2019!!

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