The Student Services Department at Oswego High School would like to introduce you to the newest learning standards adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). All Oswego High School students will be exposed to these new learning standards consistently throughout the school year as we pursue competency for each student in social and emotional learning (SEL). Below you will find information on SEL and definitions of SEL goals from ISBE, as well as information on how you can learn more about SEL and implement these principles in your own home.
What is Social and Emotional Learning?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the skills necessary to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging decisions effectively.
Why focus on SEL?
Social and emotional learning increases overall academic success. Research supports the idea that developing students' SEL competencies improves students’ social and emotional development, motivation to learn, classroom behavior, and academic achievement.
ISBE SEL Goals
The state of Illinois mandates us as educators to assist in developing skills to educate the whole child:
- Goal 1: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success
- Goal 2: Use social awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain healthy relationships
- Goal 3: Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, social, and community contexts
For more information on ISBE's SEL learning standards, click here.
How will Oswego High School students be exposed to SEL?
SEL is not only applied through a specific curriculum, but a successful SEL school is also an environment. We strive to create an environment that is:
- Highly participatory
- Well managed
- Maintains high and clear expectations
What can parents do to promote SEL?
By working together, schools and parents can promote students' social and emotional learning. SEL includes key skills:
- Self-awareness, recognizing feelings and managing anger
- Understanding others, developing empathy
- Making responsible decisions and following through, which includes considering the long-term consequences
- Understanding yourself, handling emotions, setting goals, and dealing obstacles
- Building healthy relationships, saying no to negative peer pressure and working to resolve conflicts constructively