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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Two students huggingAt WSD, we know that high-quality Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming leads to long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior and academic performance! That’s why SEL is incorporated into our professional development, teaching and learning and classroom/extra-curricular activities across the district.

Monthly SELebrations

Each month, our schools incorporate lessons and activities that support SEL skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making). Highlights of our monthly themes, listed below, are shared via our e-newsletters, this dedicated webpage, and social media.

  • September: Belongingness
  • October – Wiss Pride 
  • November – Gratitude 
  • December – Giving Back
  • January – Goal Setting 
  • February – Relationships/Empathy 
  • March – Self-Awareness 
  • April – Wellness & Stress Management 
  • May – Teamwork/Collaboration 
  • June – Reflection 

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

What are SEL Skills?

  • Self-awareness – recognizing one's emotions and values as well as one's strengths and challenges
  • Self-management – managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one's goals 
  • Social awareness – showing understanding and empathy for others
  • Relationship skills – forming positive relationships, working in teams and dealing effectively with conflict
  • Making responsible decisions – making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior

Meet the SEL Steering Committee 

Did you know there are staff representatives from every building who meet monthly to discuss social emotional learning events and activities and help develop resources to support its integration in classrooms across the district? Staff who serve on the committee include:   

Member Building Role
Keziah La Torre (Chair)  CO Director of Equity & Cultural Responsiveness
Jason Bialka (Chair) Shady Grove Principal
Lynne Blair (Chair) WHS  Principal
Greg Beyerle WHS Teacher
Erica Cannon Lower Gwynedd Teacher
Sheila Clark WMS Teacher 
Jim Crisfield CO Superintendent
Mwenyewe Dawan CO Assistant Superintendent
Amanda Doyle Blue Bell Teacher
Carolyn Foulke  WHS Teacher
Rachel Gottenberg Stony Creek Teacher
Kelle Heim-McCloskey CO Director of Student Services
Kate Jacovino CO  Supervisor
Molly Jouflas WHS Behavioral Specialist
Jamie Kane  WHS Teacher
James Kelly WHS Assistant Principal 
Mimma Leone  Shady Grove Teacher
Mike Mandel Shady Grove Teacher
Deb Moore WHS Teacher 
Kate Neft Blue Bell Teacher
Mimma Pascucci Shady Grove Teacher
Nicole Perrine-Wilson WHS Teacher
Cindy Pronko  WHS  Teacher
Kristen Rawlings CO Communications Coordinator
Bruce Rothenberger WHS Teacher
Lisa Ruff Shady Grove Librarian
Jen Schmidt CO Director of Teaching & Learning
Molly Sibley Shady Grove Teacher
Joanna Stahl WMS Teacher
Tim Stokes WHS Teacher
Beth Valerio CO  Assistant to Business Administrator 
Whit Yost WMS Teacher
Kerri Young Lower Gwynedd Teacher

SEL in Action in the Classroom