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District of Distinction: Districts Focus on Social-Emotional Learning

by Andi Diaz on November 13, 2019

Istation is excited to be a platinum sponsor of District Administration’s Districts of Distinction program and highlight the honorees in the social-emotional learning category.

Trussville City Schools in Alabama combatted increased mental health issues as well as bullying on social media by implementing a completely free program in their school district where teachers model positive behavior and encourage a positive character skill each month. The P.A.C.E. program, “Positive Attitudes Change Everything,” helps restore self-esteem and reinforces personal and digital citizenship skills for students. As a result of the program, discipline issues have diminished, and students have learned to self-correct.

Pennsylvania’s Bensalem Township School District made students’ social and emotional needs a top priority. Educators are better equipped to understand how emotions directly impact learning for their students. Younger students learn mindfulness practices and how to self-regulate their emotions while upper grades collaborate to develop empathy. The district’s director of secondary curriculum and instruction said that this initiative is a culture-changer, and the impacts have been overwhelmingly positive.

Educators in Washington state’s Steilacoom Historical School District developed a three-tiered intervention system focusing on resiliency to promote mental health and well-being among students. They now have a multisensory spaced called the Otter Zone, in which students receive support with brain breaks and small-group instruction. The Otter Zone has helped students benefit more from learning opportunities and improve their readiness to learn.

Steilacoom School District

Pictured above: Support the students — Steilly Con 2019 was a family-friendly, district-wide event staged to provide supports for kids whose parents serve in the military.

District-wide social-emotional learning initiatives for students in these districts have led to higher success rates and positive outcomes. Read more about each District of Distinction honoree by clicking the button below.

Districts of Distinction Honorees