Social-Emotional Learning

  • What is social-emotional learning (SEL)?

    The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

    Through social-emotional learning, scholars will learn: 

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

    The district will ensure opportunities for SEL is provided to scholars by: 

    • Integrating social-emotional learning curriculum into classroom lessons
    • Providing monthly training for staff, parents, and the community
    • Offering professional staff development
    • Creating restorative rooms at all campuses

    Additionally, the district uses the Longhorn Essentials to reinforce social and emotional learning in the classroom. Every CHISD scholar, Pre-K through 12th grade, is accountable for the Essentials, or 10 expectations, including making eye contact when someone is speaking, respecting others, standing to answer questions, learning from mistakes and moving on, and being the best person you can be. These qualities aren’t graded on standardized tests but make a difference in job interviews and other real-world situations. 

    1. Respond appropriately to adults.
    2. Make eye contact when someone is speaking.
    3. Respect others' comments, opinions, and ideas.
    4. Always say thank you when given something.
    5. Follow the specific campus protocols, even when there is a guest teacher.
    6. Stand to answer all questions with a complete sentence. Agree and disagree with each other respectfully.
    7. If anyone is bullying you, let an adult know.
    8. Show respect with gestures or words.
    9. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
    10. Be the best person you can be.