Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • At Uplift, developing our scholars and staff socially and emotionally is equally as important as developing them academically.  It is our goal to not only help our scholars be prepared for college, but also be globally-minded citizens who are caring, principled and open-minded.

    Social & Emotional Learning

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

    Overview of SEL (video)

    SEL Core Competencies

    SEL Core Competencies

    SEL Impact (video)

    Our Programs

    Second Step 

    Second Step Overview

    Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom. Our easy-to-teach program garners outstanding reviews from educators who’ve noticed schoolwide improvement and see even the most challenging students make progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement.

    Second Step Success

    In classrooms from early learning through grade 8, students learn invaluable skills that help them navigate their way through school as well as their community. Second Step’s age-appropriate games, activities, and media engage students and set children on a path to lifelong success.

    Second Step (video)

    Owning Up

    Owning Up Overview

    We are proud to be named as one of the pioneer districts to implement Rosalind Wiseman's Owning Up curriculum. Owning Up teaches young people to understand their individual development in relation to group behavior, the influence of social media on their conflicts, and the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry.

    Cultures of Dignity is an educational training and consulting organization focusing on civic dialogue and critical thinking. We work with school communities to understand and engage in the academic, social, and emotional complexities of adolescence.

    Owning Up Vision

    Founded by author and educator, Rosalind Wiseman, and youth advocate and educational consultant, Charlie Kuhn, Cultures of Dignity is an organization that works with communities to shift the way we think about young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing. The mission is creating cultures of dignity for all individuals in the education system: administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students. The vision is a world where all individuals are treated with dignity, are safe in their learning environments, and deeply understand their worth.

    Owning Up Defined

    Dignity: From the Latin word dignitas, which means “to be worthy.” Dignity is a given. All people have the inherent right to be treated with an essential value and treated ethically.

    Respect: From the Latin word respectus, meaning “to look back at.” Respect is earned not only by one’s achievements and position but also how that person treats others with dignity.

    Separating the definitions of Dignity and Respect can be challenging to how many of us were raised because it allows young people to disrespect the actions of people who abuse their power or authority. But we believe that acknowledging this challenge in our work with young people is essential because it does the following:

    • Empowers people to treat others with dignity at all times; even people they don’t respect. Disempowers the “You have to show me respect to get my respect” negative narrative.
    • Creates authentic, engaging SEL programming for teachers and scholars.

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