Social / Emotional Learning

The Needham Public Schools is a leader in developing and implementing a Preschool-12 approach to social and emotional learning (SEL). The SEL programs in the district are guided at the district level by the SEL Steering Committee, with representatives from each school in the district. The Needham School Committee has approved the following District Goal and Objectives for School Year 2017-18

District Goal #2: Develop Social, Emotional, Wellness and Citizenship Skills: To ensure students develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset that empower healthy, resilient, and culturally proficient citizens who contribute to others with integrity, respect, and compassion.

Objective #1: Students will acquire social emotional knowledge and skills as a result of curriculum, instruction, and practices that are culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and aligned to the District's framework for student social emotional learning (SEL). 

Objective #2:Assessment of students' growth and development of SEL competencies is used to inform instruction, enabling students to develop skills they need to be successful in school, career, and life.  

Objective #3: Educators engage in a range of high quality professional learning experiences that enable them to incorporate culturally proficient and social emotional learning practices for all students.  

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