Social and Emotional Learning

  • Social and Emotional Learning

    The Social and Emotional Learning department coordinates the implementation and growth of culturally responsive and emotionally safe learning environments. They have resources to help students develop skills to manage their emotions, form positive relationships, feel empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. 

    SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

    SEL Programs
    • Education First 

      The Education First Model was board approved in 2017 as a solution for HISD students found in possession of or under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Services provide an intervention for students and their families for substance offenses. When a student has been found in possession of or under the influence of drugs/alcohol, Teen and Family Services administers a screening measurement with the student on campus. This screening measures for Substance Use Disorders with a high degree of accuracy even if the student is reluctant to self-disclose. Teen and Family Services make a recommendation for the most appropriate intervention for that student’s individual and family needs. The Education First Model presents an early identification and intervention opportunity.

    • Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) 
    • My Brother Keeper ( MBK)
    • Sandy Hook 
    • Character Playbook ( EverFI ) 

              An online program to build SEL skills as an alternative to suspension              or as a component of ISS.


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