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

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Social-Emotional Learning

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.

What is SEL?

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.

Parent Resources

Practicing RULER at Home



Phone: 206-631-3269

Doug Judge
Director of Social-Emotional Learning

Christin Linder
Social-Emotional Learning Specialist 

Erika Hubbard
Social-Emotional Learning Specialist