Social Emotional Learning

Michelle Hutchison

Michelle Hutchison

Social/Emotional Learning Consultant

SEL Framework at Tecumseh Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) supports the TPS mission to be Uncompromisingly Learner Centered by providing structures that help each learner to identify their own unique needs, interests and goals. We are committed to providing opportunities for learners to develop at their pace and with the structures and supports they need to be successful.

It is our goal that each learner meets the Exit Learner Outcomes as defined in our Strategic Design. The core competencies of Social Emotional Learning are demonstrated with learners who are:

  • Self-actualized individuals
  • Self-directed, continuous learners
  • Caring communicators
  • Compassionate contributors
  • Self-assured explorers
  • Invested, contributing citizens
  • Self-motivated innovators

More information about how SEL supports academic and personal success can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page below.

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning encompasses a wide range of skills, attitudes and behaviors that affect an individual's self-esteem, relationships, community engagement, employability and overall success. The goals of SEL* are to help develop the ability to:

  • acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions
  • set and achieve positive goals
  • feel and show empathy for others
  • establish and maintain positive relations
  • make responsible decisions

*from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Social Emotional Learning at Tecumseh Public Schools

Tecumseh Public Schools is committed to creating a positive culture for adults and children. This environment is fostered through an understanding that each individual is a valued contributor who brings their own unique experiences, perspectives and ideas to the team.

Michelle Hutchison, the district's Social Emotional Learning Consultant is working with staff to provide professional and personal development training in an effort to build and strengthen relational connections between and among administrators, staff, learners, families and community members.

Frequently Asked Questions

Terms and Definitions

Social emotional learning competencies as defined by CASEL

Self-managementThe ability to successfully regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
Self-awarenessThe ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions and thoughts and how these influence behavior.
Social awarenessThe ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Relationship skillsThe ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with individuals and groups.
Responsible decision-makingThe ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.

why is sel important for personal success?

Our emotions and relationships affect how and what we learn and how we apply what we have learned in different settings. Positive emotions can help us inspire creativity and learning and sustain our engagement in exploring new ideas, but unmanaged stress and poor regulation of impulses interfere with attention and memory, and can contribute to behaviors disruptive to learning.

Learning is a social and interactive process. It takes place in collaboration with facilitators in the classroom, or mentors or supervisors in the workplace; in the company of classmates or co-workers; and with the support of friends and family. Relationships are crucial to learning.

"Research tells us that helping young children develop social and emotional skills
is one of the most important things we can do as a society
to prepare children for a healthy future."
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015

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