Social-Emotional Learning in D205

Questions? Contact: 

Kerry Leuschel
Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports
kleuschel@elmhurst205.org

Sarah Cannon
Assistant Director, Student Services, McKinney-Vento Liaison
scannon@elmhurst205.org

Supporting our students’ social-emotional learning is one of three district priorities for the 2021-2022 school year. D205 is committed to developing social-emotional practices to support our students in each of our schools.

Learn more about how D205 is prioritizing social-emotional learning from Superintendent Dr. Campbell!

SEL Mission

The Elmhurst CUSD 205 learning community is strongly committed to developing safe and healthy environments where everyone thrives academically, socially, and emotionally.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in D205 is focused on understanding ourselves and the world around us to encourage lifelong learning. SEL equips all community members with tools for success in their everyday lives.

SEL Beliefs

Each of the statements aligns with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, & Emotional Learning (CASEL) 5 competencies. CASEL is a global organization that has been committed to evidence-based SEL to support all students’ learning and development for over two decades. More information about CASEL’s mission & vision can be found here. See the CASEL “wheel” below that highlights the 5 competencies. 

  • We believe developing Self-Awareness skills will allow us to identify/reflect on our strengths, challenges, and personal identities.

  • We believe developing Self-Management skills will allow us to cope, manage, & navigate our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in order to set and reach goals.

  • We believe developing Social Awareness skills will allow opportunities to develop empathy to recognize, understand, and appreciate others’ feelings and perspectives.

  • We believe developing Relationship Skills within a diverse community will allow us opportunities to connect and collaborate with others, establish meaningful friendships, and support one another.

  • We believe developing Responsible Decision-Making skills will allow us to reflect on previous experiences, understand actions and impact, and make choices to improve our community.