South Pasadena USD In Focus: TK-5 Social-Emotional Learning

In the past several years, South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) has committed substantial resources to evaluate and modify existing academic intervention programs and social-emotional support services to meet individual and collective student needs. In fact, since 2019, improvements in SEL for students have been specifically noted within the SPUSD Strategic Plan. SPUSD has hired teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), offers increased counseling support and provides new types of programming and curriculum based on student needs.

In the past two years, SPUSD has ramped up social-emotional learning programs and services to help students as they have returned to a traditional school environment after at-home learning during the pandemic. Elementary-aged children have shown that they need additional assistance with playground issues and daily social interactions. Providing common language for how to discuss emotions and feelings, along with other specially targeted programs and lessons, help kids successfully manage challenges present in everyday life.

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