graphic with arrows showing a list of the benefits o social-emotional learning (ranging from more self-awareness to higher test scores to fewer behavioral problems)

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Teaching skills for positive relationships and mental wellness

We think of schools teaching the “three Rs,” but Charlottesville City Schools is also committed to a fourth R — relationships.  Our counselors teach social and emotional skills when they visit classrooms, work with small groups or individuals, host clubs, and organize activities. Since 2015, we have also begun adding social-emotional learning (SEL) to our regular classroom curriculum to teach specific behaviors, such as the ability to recognize and regulate emotions. We recognize that social and emotional skills are a key element of mental wellness.

SEL Curriculum and Practices

Beginning in 2017, specific elementary classrooms at Greenbrier Elementary (and in 2018, at Clark Elementary) have piloted social-emotional practices and curriculum. In addition, our alternative learning center, Lugo-McGinness Academy, is very intentional in supporting the social and emotional growth of its students.  The success of these programs has inspired the spread of these practices across our Charlottesville schools.

In 2018-19, we are systematically implementing a division-wide SEL curriculum in our pre-K and kindergarten classes, and this curriculum will expand by a grade level each year.

This curriculum uses both nationally recognized and local resources:

Many professionals recognize five core competencies in SEL:

  • self-awareness
  • self-management
  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision-making

SEL Connections

Social-emotional learning and mental health are part of a broader commitment to wellness in Charlottesville City Schools as supported by our Wellness Policy and our Strategic Plan.

This includes:

An overview of wellness programs in Charlottesville City Schools can be found here.

SEL Resources for Families

Social-emotional learning begins at home! Thanks for partnering with us for the growth and success of your child!

More Information

Patrick Farrell, Intervention and Support Coordinator:  245–2666 or FarrelP1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Jodie Murphy, SEL and Mental Wellness Specialist: 245-2652 or murphyj1@charlottesvilleschools.org