Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Researchers now know that helping children to develop their social-emotional skills improves their mental health, relationships, and learning outcomes. Sunnyvale School District has included a social-emotional learning component in every classroom, in every school in the district. Social-emotional learning curricula generally aim to help children develop competency in five core areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management, and responsible decision-making. In the simplest terms, it's about understanding and respecting yourself and others — and it forms a strong foundation for social, academic, and vocational success. Sunnyvale School District uses materials provided through the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center, and partners with Project Cornerstone to provide quality instruction and interventions for our students.