Kesha Payne | Jackson Elementary School SEL Coordinator | kepayne@atlantapublicschools.us

Social and 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 and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

APS introduced SEL during the 2015-2016 school year on a small scale. During the 2016-2017 school year, SEL expanded to include the Douglass Cluster, the Grady Cluster, the Jackson cluster, the Mays Cluster, the Therrell Cluster, the Washington Cluster, Crim, West End, Forrest Hills, North Atlanta High School and Jackson Elementary. The Second Step curriculum will continue to be implemented in all SEL elementary school and middle schools. All high schools will implement School Connect, an SEL explicit curriculum, during advisory.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article: APS to Teach Kids to Be Better People

Learn more about the APS vision for SEL

Learn more about SEL as a national movement and how Atlanta is participating