Friday, January 18, 2013

Social and Emotional Standards

Each state has developed learning standards in different subject areas, like reading, writing, math, and science.  Teachers and administrators use these standards when planning curriculum and to determine whether students are learning what they need.

Did you know that Illinois is one of the few states that has Social and Emotional Learning Standards that outline the social and emotional skills kids should have.  These standards are used in schools to ensure that students are progressing in these areas.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education: 

"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children develop awareness and management of their emotions, set and achieve important personal and academic goals, use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships, and demonstrate decision making and responsible behaviors to achieve school and life success. There is a strong research base indicating that these SEL competencies improve students’ social/emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior, and academic performance.

The SEL goals, standards, and benchmarks were initially developed by a broadly representative group of teachers, school administrators, student support staff, human services professionals, and parents with expertise in child development and learning, curriculum design, and instruction. After the standards were written, public comment and feedback provided the writing team with information used in revising the standards before adoption by the ISBE. "
***To get a copy of these standards, please contact our office at 866-436-7842.  We can answer your questions about the Social Emotional Learning Standards.  We can also help you develop social emotional learning goals for IEPs or 504 Plans.  Please call and speak with one of our Information Specialists to ensure your child is receiving the services he/she needs!***

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