Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning First

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a fundamental research-driven approach based on the tenets of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Students learn critical life skills such as recognizing and managing emotions, solving problems effectively and establishing positive relationships. SEL creates the foundation that lets all other learning occur.
AISD is a recognized leader in urban education and one of the first districts in the nation to commit to the development of the whole child by incorporating social and emotional learning. During 2013-14, SEL is being delivered to 73 schools serving 55 percent of the students in AISD. By 2015-16 the goal is to offer SEL in 120 schools serving all of the district's 87,000 students. 
SEL reaches beyond the classroom to all aspects of life.  Skills and concepts are integrated in academic lessons and practiced to enhance the climate of the school.  Out of school time providers and parents reinforce SEL skills as well.

Guiding Principles

Recognizing one's emotions and values as well as one's strengths and limitations
Self- Management
Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one's goals.
Social Awareness
Showing understanding and empathy for others.
Relationships Skills
Forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict.
Responsible Decision Making
Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior.

SEL lessons at Oak Hill are taught once a week by every teacher on campus. The whole school then makes sure to reinforce these concepts taught through the SEL lessons every day and also integrate these concepts into other subject areas. 

Each classroom at Oak Hill also has a "Peace Area" in which students can take some time to calm down when they are upset, work out a conflict with a friend, or just take some needed time to themselves. They know that the "Peace Area" is a positive place to be able to go and calm down, de-stress, or solve a conflict and that it is never a place they are sent for "time-out". It is never a punishment and students choose if they would like to go there; they are never forced. 


AISD Curriculum Standards

The AISD SEL Curriculum Standards are TEKS-aligned and were developed with the use of standards from across the nation and based on the CASEL Core Social and Emotional Competencies.


 SEL Curriculum Standards

SEL Curriculum Standards

Curriculum goals:


  • Students will develop and demonstrate self-management skills, regulate emotions, monitor and achieve behaviors related to school and life success.
  • Students will develop self-awareness skills, have knowledge of one’s emotions, develop an accurate and positive self-concept, and recognize individual strengths and external support systems.
  • Students will develop social-awareness skills needed to establish and maintain positive relationships including recognizing feelings and perspectives of others, appreciating individual and group differences, and contributing to the wellbeing of one’s school and community.
  • Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills needed to establish and maintain positive relationships, including using social skills and communication skills to interact effectively with others while developing healthy relationships and demonstrating an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
  • Students will demonstrate decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, and responsible behaviors in school, personal, and community contexts.

For more information, go to AISD's Department of Social and Emotional Learning Site:

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