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

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


Social-Emotional Learning

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults

  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning includes...

Our Beliefs

We believe that continued social and emotional development is critical to student success, now and in the future. Through authentic relationships and intentional skill building, the social and emotional well-being of each member of the Highline community is supported and strengthened, contributing to an equal chance of success for every student.

SEL Approaches  Short-Term Outcomes Behavioral/Academic Outcomes

Explicit SEL Skills Instruction >>>    

Teacher Instructional Practices

Integration with Academic Curriculum Areas

Organizational, culture and climate Strategies

SEL Skill Acquisition: Five Competence Areas >>>

Improved Attitudes: Self, Others, Learning and Schools >>>

Enhanced Learning Environment: Supportive, engaging and Participatory >>>

Positive Social Behavior

Few Conduct Problems

Less Emotional Distress

Improved Academic Performance


Social-Emotional Competencies

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel an show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

In Highline, we focus on the learning competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional learning (CASEL). These core competencies include Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. 

A Comprehensive Approach

We use a number of complimentary strategies and structures to support Social Emotional Learning in Highline, including:

  • PBIS: A school-wide approach to creating and sustaining positive teaching and learning environments
  • RULER: An approach to teaching the skills of emotional intelligence:
    • R - Recognizing
    • U - Understanding
    • L - Labeling
    • E - Expressing
    • R - Regulating
  • Restorative Practices: A process that encourages accountability, healing and repair when conflict arises.

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