SSD Social Emotional Learning Strategies

The Sequim School District SEL Program is a multi-tiered system. The model to be followed is much like the models followed for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). On-going professional development will be provided for all district staff focusing on understanding SEL concepts as well as learning implement strategies. Strategies will be implemented on a three tiered system.

  • Tier 1 SEL strategies are designed to be implemented for all students,
  • Tier 2 strategies are designed to be implemented with targeted groups of students identified with minimal social emotional challenges that interfere with academic participation and achievement, and
  • Tier 3 strategies will be implemented with students identified as having significant social emotional challenges needing significant interventions to insure appropriate participation in school and academic achievement.

District Tier 1 SEL strategies will include:

  • Following the state Social Emotional Health Standards
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies implemented in all classrooms
  • School and family partnerships
  • Implementing programming that promotes strong classroom learning communities such as the Building Successful Learning Communities model developed by Washington State University.
  • Adopting the Kids at Hope “All students are capable of success” philosophy.
  • Adopting the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions philosophy.
  • SMS Wolf Den social skills curriculum
  • Use of brain development research in designing classroom environments and instruction
  • Use of Zones of Regulation strategies in the elementary schools
  • Classroom Guidance provided by school counselors
  • Implementation of an elementary standards based report card to include SEL benchmarks

District Tier 2 SEL Strategies will include:

  • Identification of students with multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and minimal to no buffering supports.
  • School Counselor intervention
    • Individual counseling
    • Group counseling
  • Social Thinking instruction
  • Career and College Readiness class

 District Tier 3 SEL Strategies will include:

  • District SEL Counselor intervention
  • Implementation of the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP)
  • Hope Academy