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SEL [ Social and emotional learning ] is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge , skills , and attitudes to develop healthy identities , manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals , feel and show empathy for others , establish and maintain supportive relationships , and make responsible and caring decisions .

And Sharp notes that the strategy should address more than an individual student ’ s mental health needs and should involve “ fundamentally rethinking ” the way mental health is addressed in schools . He said it should include an awareness of and support for student social and emotional skills , which the Collaborative for Academic , Social , and Emotional Learning ( CASEL ) describes this way :
SEL [ Social and emotional learning ] is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge , skills , and attitudes to develop healthy identities , manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals , feel and show empathy for others , establish and maintain supportive relationships , and make responsible and caring decisions .
Milakovic said that research has shown that students who gain those skills not only have fewer emotional concerns but are more successful . She said the state is also concerned about the school culture and is working with intermediate units to help train all staff in schools to understand emotional health better and support efforts to build schoolwide networks to address the issue .
BASD created Hirner ’ s position “ to leverage the moment to help support students and teachers returning to five days a week of in-person instruction .” The district has also hired eight SEL / behavior coaches that will work closely with classroom teachers and administrators to support the students struggling most . They also are training teachers about spotting issues and collecting data that can be used for interventions , and they are restarting a restorative justice initiative and other programs that were designed to improve school climate as well as training leaders for the program and the staff and students .

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