Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Social Emotional Learning State Standards

Highline’s SEL instruction is aligned with Washington State Social-Emotional Learning Standards. 

State Standard  Sample Instruction provided and application skill in a typical classroom

Standard 1: Self-Awareness
Individual can identify their emotions, personal assets, areas for growth, and potential external resources and support. 

Standard 2: Self-Management
Individual can regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Standard 3: Self-Efficacy
Individual can motivate themselves, persevere, and see themselves as capable.

Standard 4: Social Awareness
Individual can take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Standard 5: Social Management
Individual can make safe and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.

Standard 6: Social Engagement
Individual can consider others and persevere, and see themselves as capable. 

Students learn how to recognize the emotions they are feeling i.e. I don’t feel confident in my math ability and sometimes that makes me nervous before a math test.


Students learn a variety of strategies to manage their behavior, i.e. because I get nervous before a math test, I can learn deep breathing strategies to help calm my body so I can activate my prefrontal cortex and perform to the best of my ability on my math test. 

Students learn strategies to set goal. i.e. I want to improve my math skills so I can set goals related to that including clear steps to attaining that goal like working on my multiplication facts daily. 

Students learn how to take perspective and have empathy. i.e. the person sitting next to me broke their pencil and appears to be frustrated and unable to find another so I can empathize with them and ask them if they would like to borrow one from me. 


Students learn how to manage themselves in social situations. i.e. we are doing a group project and my teammate and I want to do the same part of the project so we use strategies for managing conflict and problem solving to figure out a solution that works well for both of us in order to complete the project. 

Students learn strategies to overcome academic obstacles. i.e. during a math test, a student reaches a problem they don't know how to solve. They do no get triggered emotionally by this because they have learned and practiced several strategies for overcoming obstacles and preserving and utilize one of those strategies allowing them to complete the assessment with confidence.