Eanes ISD

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Parents of Healthy Students

Throughout the school year, we have been sending information related to the five SEL competencies. This will be our final message for this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given everyone in our community the challenge of practicing our resiliency skills as we have had to shift our idea of what is “normal” and of what we can expect to happen.  As the closure of our schools lengthened through the spring, many of us felt the disappointment of lost opportunities.  Throughout, Dr. Leonard reminded us to take care of each other and to look for the helpers around us when we need support. Through his Green Glasses messaging,  Dr. Leonard focused on the importance of developing grit through the six strands of resilience: focusing attention, being empathetic, practicing inclusivity, respectfully communicating effectively, and being reflective.

Resiliency and responsible decision making go hand in hand. Learning how to make responsible decisions empowers children and helps them feel a “sense of control.”COVID-19 has given families the opportunity to spend quality time together and to further develop some of those softer skills we often don’t have as much time to teach. Talking and listening to our children and teens supports their development of good decision-making skills. As we encourage our children and teens to make their own decisions periodically, they learn to have confidence in those decisions and become independent. If your child or teen says that he/she would like to make the decision on their own, then consider allowing that, especially, if it is a low risk situation. Remember that reflection is important in the learning process.  By asking your child to think about  his/her decision, you give them the opportunity to process what worked and what didn’t turn out so well. Whether the decision had a positive or negative outcome, this reflective process helps children in future decision making and leads to resiliency.

Talking and listening to our children helps them learn decision making skills and empowers our kids. It helps the child know we believe in them and know they can make the right decision. “Just knowing that you believe in your child will boost their confidence” and help them grow into healthy adults. This is a time we can spend together as families and as Dr. Leonard shared, “we will emerge from this pandemic more resilient, more united and more grateful for relationships than ever before.”


We look forward to seeing you in the 2020-2021 school year.





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Throughout the school year, we have been sending information related to the five SEL competencies. This will be our final message for this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has given everyone in our community the challenge of practicing our resiliency skills as we have had to shift our idea of what is “normal” and of what we can expect to happen...

The Eanes ISD Counseling Services department has compiled a list of resources for families to utilize during this time. Students, and adults, may also notice an increase in their screen time. It is important to remember to take breaks and be physically active throughout the day.

Empathy is a skill that can be taught, developed, and strengthened like a muscle. It is the ability to feel with and through another person creating an understanding that each person is a unique individual, and not a stereotype of race, gender, class, etc... 

Dr. Leonard emphasized the importance of connecting with our children and talking “about ways to handle stress and to find healthy solutions when faced with adversity.” Self-Management is the ability to adjust and manage one’s behavior. It is an underpinning for resiliency. Self-Management/Resiliency is the Eanes Independent School District focus for the second nine weeks. 

As responsible parents, educators and leaders, it is our obligation to try to model and teach healthy relationship skills. Teaching tolerance and encouraging our children to develop good relationships with others who may not share their exact values or beliefs is critical to their development and success. One way to help our children is to “seize teachable moments” when reading a book or watching TV...

Dr. Leonard has stressed the importance of creating a safe learning environment for all children - an environment that fosters respecting all, caring for each other, communicating in a civil manner, and listening well while always being kind. Cultivating kindness is part of becoming socially aware and of learning to be empathetic...

Resilience is not something kids are born with or born without. It is a skill that can be taught. Teaching kids to be reflective is also an important skill that enables children to learn from their mistakes...

As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, students are getting to know new teachers and new classmates. As parents and educators, our wish is for our children to build strong positive relationships with adults and peers. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students...

One way to support your child in growing into a successful adult is to teach responsible decision making.

Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else’s perspective. It’s having compassion for others even when they are different from ourselves.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. “There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions,” which is being self-aware.

How to practice social skills and nurture relationship-building abilities with your child in 3rd grade.

When we “make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations,” we are teaching our children how to be empathetic.

Unstructured play time gives children the opportunity to learn how to work with others and how to negotiate with peers.

In order to support your child in learning skills that support self-awareness/reflection, "encourage estimation and prediction skills.

Teaching your children how to play age appropriate games and encouraging play without adult interaction supports children in learning how to self-regulate.

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier."

Children learn self-management skills and resiliency by having the opportunity to think for themselves.