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    Social Emotional Learning
    Healthy Minds, Healthy Hearts, Healthy Community 

    The most effective social and emotional learning requires a strategic, systematic approach that involves everyone, from district and school leaders to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need.  Successful SEL is not a standalone program or add-on.  It is central to how schools, communities, and families value and support the social, emotional, and academic development of their children.

                                                                                                   - Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    Mission:  The Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) is committed to high academic achievement while serving the whole child, eliminating inequity, and providing quality educational experiences in our schools every day. 

    Vision:  All students will find joy in their academic learning experience while graduating with the skills to ensure they are caring, competent, fully-informed, critical thinkers who are prepared for college, career, and community success.


    Social Emotional Learning Benefits All Students and Adults

    The Bainbridge Island School District integrates  Social Emotional Learning into the academic and social school experience to increase positive assets and protective factors including self- and social-awareness,  mutual respect and appreciation for others, collaboration and problem-solving skills, equity, civic participation, high academic achievement, and engagement and joy in learning.  In addition, staff members work with students, families, and community partners to provide support services to decrease risk factors and mitigate trauma.

    Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness.  These are the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and to work effectively and ethically.  Everyone strengthens their social competencies and emotional skills to connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs and age.  

    SEL Matters




     SEL Matters