Hello, Parents and Caregivers!
Welcome to the OLG Social-Emotional Learning Program!
As your school counselor, I develop and deliver a social-emotional learning (SEL) program for all students. Why is SEL important? Check out this video that describes the research supporting the benefits of participating in an SEL program.
Additionally, I ensure that the SEL program is comprehensive and developmentally appropriate in nature. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has outlined the The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career Readiness for Every Student, a research-based list of standards that address the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need to succeed in school and future careers. I use this as the framework for our SEL program. The core SEL competencies are further outlined by CASEL, an organization that aligns its work with ASCA’s recommendations from above.
The main curriculum I use for delivering SEL is Second Step by the Committee for Children. Additionally, I am implementing aspects of the RULER curriculum, particularly the anchor tools of the Class Charter to establish classroom expectations and a positive classroom climate, and the Mood Meter to help students communicate with their teachers about their emotions throughout the day. Additionally, I will incorporate strategies about mindfulness to build self-awareness and executive functioning skills, as well as use Kelso’s Choice for teaching conflict resolution skills to grades K-5, and teachers may request lessons based on topics that are pertinent to circumstances in their classrooms.
To see more details about what your child is currently learning in SEL, please click on the links for your child’s grade level on the side bar. I will continue updating this content as we progress through our SEL program this year. If you have any questions or concerns about SEL, please feel to contact me.
Kristin Dickerson, M.S.
OLG School Counselor
(206) 935-0651, ext. 114