Social Emotional

About the Social Emotional Learning

Glenwood Academy’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program is a comprehensive program that empowers teachers, counselors and other staff to identify, assess and implement intensive interventions for students who encounter challenges in managing emotions and relationships, and how it affects their education.

Our faculty uses the Second Step SEL Curriculum as the foundation of SEL education at Glenwood Academy. Second Step SEL is research-based, teacher-informed, and classroom-tested to promote the social-emotional development, safety, and well-being of children from Early Learning through Grade 8. This program has been effectively implemented by over 26,000 schools worldwide, and endorsed by numerous trusted organizations such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for SEL during remote learning, as well as the potential return to classrooms. An April 2020 article from the National Education Association reveals that the worst thing we can do for our teachers, students, and families is to de-prioritize SEL during the pandemic. It is an essential resource to help our students continue to learn during a crisis.

The program engages parents, so SEL skills can be reinforced at home. Parents receive letters from each SEL unit that is being taught at Glenwood, weekly phone calls to parents discussing their children’s progress, and access to the online portal where they can follow along with the interactive program.