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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Well Being

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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