District outlines expansion for social emotional learning
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education took a critical step on June 14 to expand social emotional learning by approving a resolution establishing a process for the district to adopt a set of SEL competencies and standards.
The resolutions was authored by board president Kelly Gonez, and cosponsored by board members Scott Schmerelson, Jackie Goldberg and Tanya Ortiz Franklin. It calls for an SEL guide, which will include strategies for teacher, staff and family support, the development of consistent SEL standards and the revision of the annual school experience survey to better monitor social emotional outcomes.
“As we work to recover from the pandemic, it’s more critical than ever that our schools strive to meet the holistic needs of our students,” Gonez said. “Deepening the work of social emotional learning by establishing consistent standards and expanding instructional support will ensure that our students master critical social emotional skills to succeed both in our classrooms and beyond.”
“I am happy to support this affirmation of our board goal and strategic plan priority to invest in the socio-emotional learning, growth and development of all our students, [which is] especially important as we continue to navigate the path to recovery in our school communities,” board vice president Nick Melvoin said.
SEL teaches concepts like self-awareness, growth mindset and interpersonal skills that have been shown to support personal growth and improved academic outcomes. The resolution builds on strategic goals set out by the board in 2021 that prioritized social emotional learning and student wellbeing.