Social Emotional Learning

An important element of District 90's commitment to the whole child is attention to the social emotional needs and health of each of our students.

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Extensive evaluations found that SEL:

  • Enhances student achievement
  • Helps students develop self-control
  • Improves relationships at all levels of the school community
  • Reduces conflict among students
  • Improves teachers' classroom management
  • Helps young people be healthier and more successful in school and life

Students develop social and emotional skills through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of school, and SEL Graphic.pngbroad parent and community involvement in SEL planning, implementation and evaluation.

Five SEL competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) are:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

SEL in District 90

The principals, school social workers, and staff members lead efforts to build cultures that incorporate manners and respect in all our interactions. This includes the High Five Goals at Roosevelt, The Willard Way and the Lincoln manners approach. We also provide for small classes led by dedicated and compassionate faculty and staff.

With support from the Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation, District 90 provides the Second Step instructional program (K-5). It is specifically designed to decrease problem behaviors, increase students' school success, and promote social emotional competence and regulation. The program units are built around skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.

At Roosevelt, the school social worker offers sessions with students in grades 6-8 that address the social emotional skills of middle school students. Additionally, they participate in specialized workshops focusing on the unique life of a middle school student, including assemblies with the Anti-Defamation League and the State's Attorney's Office on cyber safety for teens. Sarah's Inn, a community agency, also provides students in grades 7 and 8 support with cyber safety and anti-harassment. The supports provided by Sarah's Inn are designed to lead into programs currently in place for freshman at Oak Park River Forest High School.

All three schools provide specialized assemblies and presentations devoted to students' social emotional well-being and success. These assemblies are supported by the PTOs at the three schools. In addition, service learning opportunities are being implemented at each of the schools.

Social emotional support and instruction requires daily engagement provided by the community of learning at our schools.

Parent Involvement

The skills children acquire in social emotional learning are developed both at home and school. District 90 staff values our partnerships with parents and guardians. The Second Step program, along with specialized assemblies and workshops, is designed to provide a link between families and the schools. If you have questions about your child's social emotional learning, we encourage you to talk with his or her classroom teacher. Each school also provides the services of a certified school social worker to support students and address their social emotional needs.


Link to Illinois State Board of Education SEL Brochure