Social Emotional Learning and PBIS
The Department of Teaching and Learning works with the Educational Services Department to support student social, emotional, and behavioral well-being through a multi-tiered system of support across all District 15 buildings.
PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
District 15 implements PBIS, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, a district-wide prevention process for creating and maintaining school environments that are predictable, consistent, safe, and positive.
PBIS focuses on preventative teaching and promoting positive behavior for all students. It includes universal structures for the school and classroom, a process for acknowledging positive behavior, and a process for correcting inappropriate behavior.
The goal of PBIS is to increase students’ motivation to behave appropriately, which could include students earning a prize, a “paw”, a certificate, or participating in a celebration, and to reduce recurring misbehaviors through targeted learning and support, which could include reteaching expectations, restoring relationships, and providing logical consequences.
Classroom teachers embed behavior interventions and supports into their classroom and monitor behavior, which could include the use of chunked assignments, sensory tools, timers, and reflective point sheets. If a student needs more explicit support, they may receive out-of-the-classroom instruction.
The mission of social emotional learning (SEL) in District 15 is for adults and students to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions to achieve school and life success.
Elementary classrooms, K-6, receive daily SEL instruction and junior high classrooms, 7-8, receive SEL instruction during structured building-level days. SEL instruction nurtures social-emotional competence and school community so all students feel safe, supported, and connected and are better equipped to succeed academically.
Grades K-5: Second Step Elementary Classroom Kits
Grades 6-8: Second Step Middle School Digital Program
Illinois was a leader in integrating social and emotional learning into education systems as the first state to adopt a comprehensive set of preschool to high school SEL standards in 2004: Illinois Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards.
Self-Awareness and Self-Management
1A. Identify and manage one’s emotions and behavior
1B. Recognize personal qualities and external supports
1C. Demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals
Relationship Skills and Social Awareness
2A. Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others
2B. Recognize individual and group similarities and differences
2C. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others
2D. Demonstrate an ability to prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways
3A. Consider ethical, safety, and societal factors in making decisions
3B. Apply decision-making skills to deal responsibly with daily academic and social situations
3C. Contribute to the well-being of one’s school and community