Social Emotional Learning
 Fundamental skills for life effectiveness.
5 Competencies
OUSD’s focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) enhances our ability to develop effective instructional practice for all students.
Our work is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

OUSD's SEL standards align with and support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Our standards also support our ability to ethically connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs, and age.
SEL is the key to our strategic plan.
In 2013, the OUSD Board of Education adopted a policy stating, "Explicitly teaching SEL skills is the key lever within our strategic plan," and that SEL competencies "need to be taught and developed in our students and modeled by adults in classrooms and schools and throughout our system."
Our standards align with CASEL SEL competencies.
Recognizing the importance of standards-based learning, the Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Office has implemented district-wide, research-based SEL standards.
OUSD elementary report cards now highlight the SEL core competencies: Self-Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. Additionally, our teacher and leadership development systems both utilize SEL competencies in their framework for effective teaching and leadership.
We support teachers & teaching practice.

Our office has developed Ten Adopted Teaching Practices for engaging with and supporting teachers in professional development. These practices include:
  1. Student-Centered Discipline
  2. Teacher Language
  3.  Responsibility & Choice
  4. Warmth & Support
  5. Cooperative Learning
  6. Classroom Discussions
  7. Self-Reflection & Assessment
  8. Balanced Instruction
  9. Press & Expectations
  10. Competence Building

For videos, resources, and other information, visit our website SEL in OUSD.

Last Modified on February 19, 2016