• Social & Emotional Learning

  • Houston Independent School District
    Social-Emotional Learning Department
    1417 Houston Street
    Houston, TX 77007
    Sean Ricks
    Interim Director

Welcome to the SEL Department

  • The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Department supports students with developing a  range of skills necessary for success in school, work, relationships, and life in general. SEL focuses on fostering self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

    Overview of the core components of SEL:

    1. Self-Awareness: SEL promotes understanding one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. It involves recognizing and understanding different emotions, as well as understanding how those emotions influence behavior and decision-making.

    2. Self-Regulation: This component of SEL involves managing one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in various situations. It includes strategies for controlling impulses, managing stress, setting and working towards goals, and maintaining focus and motivation.

    3. Social Awareness: SEL encourages individuals to develop empathy and perspective-taking skills. It involves understanding and appreciating the perspectives and feelings of others, as well as being able to navigate diverse social situations with sensitivity and respect.

    4. Relationship Skills: SEL emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with others. This includes effective communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills. It also involves understanding the dynamics of different types of relationships and knowing how to establish boundaries.

    5. Responsible Decision-Making: SEL teaches individuals how to make thoughtful and ethical choices. It involves considering the consequences of actions, evaluating different options, and taking into account one's own values and the well-being of others.