Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in District 86

  • Research has consistently shown that as students increase their social emotional skills, they are able to learn more deeply and at faster rates. Social-emotional skills also comprise much of what employers want in new employees and are considered essential 21st century skills. Children and adults with these skills also have improved social, health and behavioral outcomes (see the information page for additional details). Due to the importance of these SEL competencies, Illinois became the first state to mandate social emotional learning standards in 2012. For a review of our state's social emotional learning standards, please visit the SEL Information and Resources Page to link to those standards.

    We strongly believe that our staff provides instruction and modeling that helps develop the social emotional skills of our students, but we are continuously working to improve. In the coming years we plan to bring a more systematic and data-driven process for addressing the social emotional skills of our students.

    Vision Statement:

    Each member of the District 86 community will exhibit the motivation and social-emotional skills to achieve academic/professional goals and physical well-being for the success of the individual in all spheres of influence.

    Mission Statement:

    Our mission is to develop in the District 86 community the social emotional skills of:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

    • Social-awareness

    • Relationship skills

    • Responsible decision-making

    CASEL Wheel

    Family Involvement:

    Parents and other family members play an essential role in the social emotional development of their children. If you would like more information on what family members can do, you can refer to the websites on this page and the following books: 

    Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (2008). Lantieri, L., & Goleman, D. 

    Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than I.Q. (1995/2005) Goleman, D. 

    Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (2009) Bradberry, T. & Greves, J.