Social and Emotional Learning


RISD uses the definition and framework for Social and Emotional Learning from CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, which is an integral part of education and human development.

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

The knowledge and skills acquired through social and emotional learning directly support the RISD graduate profile in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, and Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving. Campuses will provide learning opportunities for students to develop skills in the areas of:

  • Self Awareness and Self Worth
  • Self Management and Self Advocacy
  • Relationship Skills and Valuing Others
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Responsible Decision Making

Benefits of SEL

  • Better Academic Performance
  • Improved Attitudes & Behaviors
  • Reduced Emotional Stress
  • Preparation for Life after RISD

What is SEL?

Richardson ISD focuses on three areas to foster social and emotional learning:

  1. Instructional Resources
  2. Practices
    • Adult SEL: Every RISD staff member has the opportunity to receive professional learning in Adult SEL and self-care.
    • Integrated SEL: Students are able to see SEL throughout the day in their content area learning.
  3. Families and Communities
    • The RISD Student Services department provides opportunities for family and community SEL through the district’s Live Wise, Live Healthy wellness initiative

Review and Decide

RISD parents are encouraged to review the links and resources provided on this page to gain clarity and a greater understanding as to the knowledge and skills students will be learning.

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Suzanne Tsatsoulas

Director of Prevention Programming

Summer Martin

Executive Director of Counseling & Prevention Services

Joe Miniscalco

Chief Executive Director

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