Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
We are in our 8th year of implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Woodside. Our teachers across the grade span devote significant time focusing on social and emotional development. SEL is a wonderful way for staff and students to connect, build empathy, learn about ourselves, and contribute to each other. Families help SEL thrive by bringing the language and tools home.
Many of our staff have participated in the Institute for SEL, an intensive summer workshop, that has allowed us to create an in-house committee of expert teachers. This committee offers parent education events and provides teacher support and professional development opportunities throughout the school year.
SEL is taught both by direct instruction and by taking advantage of natural opportunities and traditions throughout the school year. We embrace an embedded approach to SEL instruction so that students practice SEL skills on an ongoing basis and in natural opportunities.
To view a ten minute video summarizing SEL competencies, best practices and SEL benefits, click HERE.
SEL helps us to reinforce key elements of our school’s mission statement:
Through active collaboration with teachers, parents and the vibrant local community, Woodside School provides a well-rounded preschool through 8th grade education that prepares its students to be curious, enthusiastic and self-motivated learners as a foundation for future academic and life success.