Students First for September 13, 2018

This week, we conclude our series on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Over the past few weeks, we have reviewed three of the five SEL priorities being implemented throughout CCPS this school year:

1. New Student 30-60 Day Check-In

2. Handle with Care

3. Buddy Bench and We Dine Together

4. Principal-led SEL Video Announcements

5. Panorama SEL Student Voice Survey

The five SEL priorities were developed in connection with our increased focus on mental wellness in our schools. So, let’s talk Principal-led SEL Video Announcements and the new Panorama SEL Student Voice Survey.

Principal-led SEL Video Announcements will take place in all levels – elementary, middle and high – and focus on SEL competencies. SEL, for those that have not been following the series, is the process of developing and using the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that help youth and adults:

• To identify and regulate emotions

• To develop positive relationships

• To make responsible decisions

Twice monthly during morning announcements, the principal at each of our schools will introduce an SEL video component and provide closing comments on SEL. These video announcements will be about five to eight minutes in length and will foster conversations around strategies that strengthen community and individua
l student resiliency.
The new Panorama SEL Student Voice Survey will be given to all middle and high school students, as well as students in grades three through five in our elementary schools. This priority values a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. The survey will provide students the opportunity to tell us what they think about their experiences at school and how school staff can best support them socially and emotionally. These anonymous results will allow us to address overall school-wide trends. The first survey will be given in the fall and will provide baseline data for schools and the district. Students will take the survey again in the spring. The expectation is that consistent implementation of the five SEL priorities across the district will increase topic reporting results.

This SEL series, in connection with our previous safety update, has been provided as a way to keep our parents and the community informed as to the safety and security measures that are being implemented throughout our schools. By working together, our hope is that our students feel safe, that they know there are caring adults available to help them, and that they are able to achieve and excel to reach their goals and dreams.

Jennifer L. Kupiec is the Specialist, Communications & Community Engagement Collier County Public Schools

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