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The importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

The importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

By Jay Scheurle |

There is strong agreement in society today about the importance of caring for the social and emotional lives of children. Quite frankly, it may be the most important thing parents and teachers can do to support a child’s happiness, health, and success in school and in life.

That’s why I hope all parents will attend an intimate, interactive discussion just for Oak Meadow parents and staff, entitled, “The Social and Emotional Lives of Children,” next Wednesday, April 3rd, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Rizzi Center. The speaker and facilitator of this event is family life expert and author, Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd.

How will parents benefit from this event? First, this meeting will provide you with a much better understanding of the specific SEL competencies that will help you to more effectively support your own child’s social and emotional experience, at school and at home. Second, there will be time devoted during this meeting for you as parents to share your own hopes and needs for your children in order to strengthen the parent partnership with Oak Meadow.

Click here for the evening’s agenda.

In my significant experience as an educator, it has been so clear to me that children learn at the deepest levels and discover their fullest potential when that are supported by a caring, safe, healthy, and inclusive environment. When there is a commitment to this kind of environment and culture at school, it makes an enormous difference for children. It is also clear from my experience that all of us as adults, parents and teachers, need to take full advantage of all of the rich resources and materials that will enable us to develop our own capacities to become the parents and teachers we really hope to be.

This meeting with Lynne Reeves Griffin is a step forward in the school’s deep and serious commitment to care for the social and emotional lives of every Oak Meadow student. We look forward to having you attend on Wednesday to join in this important home and school partnership.