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    Parent/Guardian-Teacher Discussions 

    Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a top priority. Teachers provide instruction, coaching, and opportunities to practice the following social emotional skills:

    • identifying strengths, feelings and needs
    • seeking to understand others
    • building cooperative relationships
    • critical thinking
    • decision making
    • working through challenges

    Due to remote learning, social emotional skills will not need to be evaluated on elementary student progress reports. Instead, teachers and families may discuss these skills throughout the year and at parent/guardian-teacher conferences.

    Together, parents/guardians and teachers can identify students’ strengths, needs, and culturally responsive practices for continued social emotional skill development.

    Questions for Parent/Guardian Discussions

    The following questions may inform student goals and SEL skill development plans for school and home.

    • What are some of your child’s strengths?
    • In what ways do your child’s feelings affect their schoolwork?
    • How well is your child able to keep trying and ask for help when schoolwork becomes challenging? 
    • In what ways does your child show kindness to others?

    What is Social Emotional Learning?

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

    SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

    Importance of SEL During Remote Learning

    Seattle Public Schools deeply values the social and emotional well-being of our students, families, and staff, especially during a time of heightened anxiety and uncertainty. To ensure that our commitment to safe and welcoming environments and academic readiness continues in a remote learning model, the district is prioritizing SEL supports for our students. When we focus on educating the whole child, students are healthy—and feel safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

    Everyday SEL at Home

    It’s normal to respond to the uncertainty of this time with a range of feelings and needs. We hope the 3 simple tips below might help create daily routines for supporting your household's wellness.


    SPS SEL Videos


    Summer 2020 SPS SEL Videos

    Staff Resources
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    Kai Kunkel
    Social Emotional Learning Coordinator

    Hyam Elsaharty
    Social Emotional Learning Consulting Teacher

    Lisa Love
    Health Education Manager 

    Mental Health Services
    SPS Coordinated School Health

    SEL Resources

    WA SEL Implementation Brief for Families

    CASEL - Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

    WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction SEL Page