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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Well Being

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About

Educating students to be healthy, strong, critical thinkers is most successful when we address students’ mental health and social-emotional needs. Healthier students feel connected to their community and are more likely to succeed. Building an effective, comprehensive school mental health system improves student and school outcomes and academic success, reduces exclusionary discipline, improves school climate and safety, and enhances student social and emotional behavioral functioning (Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems Guidance From the Field, 2019).

Please send questions about this page and requests for technical assistance Tracy Watterson, Assistant Director of the Student Support Services Division, at tracy.watterson@vermont.gov

Topics

Social Emotional Learning and Health Standards: An opportunity to learn how standards are integrated into a tiered system of supports. 

Social Emotional Learning and Well Being Data Collection and Reporting: A timely data collection allows district-level teams to monitor their progress toward their continuous improvement goals. 

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Being Resources and Tools for Educators: A source of guidelines, strategies, and information for educators to manage stress, practice self-care, and build SEL skills with their students.  

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Being Resources and Tools for Families and Caregivers: A source guidelines, strategies, and information for families and caregivers to support their children's learning and to collaborate with educators to improve their child’s readiness to learn. 

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Funding Opportunities Grants and Legislation: To support the braiding the funds available to a school or district to reach wellbeing goals for their students. 

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Well Latest Updates: A dynamic site for new guidelines and highlights for district, school, families, and communities (coming March 2024).