Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • The Olathe Public Schools believes every student will benefit from an educational experience that fosters their behavioral, social, and emotional development. Social emotional learning occurs across all grade levels throughout the year. In our district, Social Emotional Learning is delivered in the following ways:

    Early Childhood Education

    The Olathe Public Schools provides a variety of learning experiences, including social emotional learning, for children ages birth to 5 years of age in the school district. Visit our early childhood website

    Elementary

    • Elementary school counselors deliver counseling standards through 16 classroom lessons per year.
    • School counselors provide small group and individual counseling to students.
    • Classroom teachers use the Second Step program to deliver lessons in the classroom focused on social-emotional learning.
    • School counselors use the Second Step program to deliver information on bullying and child protection. Visit the Second Step website 
    • Students with an IEP may receive additional services through a resource teacher, social worker, or school psychologist.

    Middle School

    • Classroom teachers use Second Step weekly during Academic Extension time, building off lessons learned in elementary school.
    • Suicide Prevention Week and Mental Health Awareness Month are both highlighted with developmentally appropriate information and activities.
    • School counselors provide small group and individual counseling to students.
    • Students with an IEP may receive additional services through a resource teacher, social worker, or school psychologist.

    High School

    • Social emotional learning is provided by classroom lessons during advisory and/or seminar time
    • Informational campaigns during Suicide Prevention Week and Mental Health Awareness Month
    • School counselors and Student Wellness Advocates provide small group and individual counseling to students.
    • Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum and self-screener are delivered every fall to every student.
    • Students with an IEP may receive additional services through a resource teacher, social worker, or school psychologist.

    Additionally, middle school and high school students develop an individual plan of study through XELLO.

    All District Services

    Students’ social emotional learning is measured through the Panorama survey which is delivered three times per year to all students in grades 3-12. Parents are given their student’s Panorama results at parent-teacher conferences and at the end of each school year.

SEL Resources for Families

  • Early Childhood

    Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative provides tips and strategies to help adults and children (ages 2 to 5) navigate challenges and build lifelong skills for resilience. Visit the Little Children Big Challenges website.

    The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning provides free access to several parent training modules. Visit the CSEFEL website.

    All Grade Levels

    The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Guide to Schoolwide SEL has an interactive, online guide with guidance, resources, tools, and templates to promote parent-school-community partnerships. Visit the CASEL website.

    The Child Mind Institute wants to help parents make good decisions for their kids and navigate the challenges of parenting. They provide expert guidance on how to respond to children in the most effective way and they offer resources that can help get the best care for a child and the best outcome for each family. Visit the Childmind.org website.

    Edutopia provides a guide called Social and Emotional Learning: Strategies for Parents to help parents encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children. Visit the Edutopia website.