Karen Stelmacki
Executive Director, Exceptional Education and Student Support Services

Social and emotional learning curriculum/program used:

Second Step (PK), Conscious Discipline (PK), Sanford Harmony (K-5), PBIS (all grades), Check-in/Check-out and Mentoring (all grades); District SEL 5 Priorities (all grades) - Buddy Bench (Elementary), We Dine Together (Secondary), 30/60 New Student Check-in (all grades), Handle with Care (all grades), SEL Principal-led Videos (all grades), Panorama Student Voice with emphasis on Grit (3-12). Additionally, Gritty Gallery (all levels) and individual school-led SEL programs (e.g. Kindness Club, SEL student-painted positive ceiling tiles, SEL Assemblies real-life applications). For parents of students: Family Organization Station; We Care Campaign Videos; District Virtual Town Hall Meetings (Social Media); Symposiums (Building Grit and Strengthening Resilience in Children); Digital Resilience Toolkit and other online resources on District SEL webpage.


Schools implementing social and emotional education and skills development in the district:

School Level
# of Schools

school-wide implementation of SEL curriculum/programs identified in question #2

school-wide implementation of SEL curriculum/programs identified in question #2

school-wide implementation of SEL curriculum/programs identified in question #2



Strategies, practices, and approaches implemented in the district for the following areas along with grade levels implemented:

Resilience-building strategies
Conscious Discipline and Second STEP, Sanford Harmony, Health Education courses embedded strategies, Research-based powerful strategies based on CASEL competencies

Positive school climate efforts
District-wide PBIS and SEL Priorities (all schools/all levels), and high school Student Round-Table Discussions, Student Voice Surveys, Employee Voice Surveys

Trauma informed practices
District-wide trauma informed professional development for staff/ trauma informed practices; Handle with Care; 30/60 day check-in; YMHFA training

Student-led initiatives
Buddy Bench (Friendship Ambassadors at all elementary); We Dine Together (Student Representatives at all secondary); GSA clubs (all high schools), Kindness clubs (some schools)

Character education
Health relationship building (secondary level); DARE Program, Prevention Programs e.g. Life Skills

Restorative practices Tier 1 approaches
Youth Relations Deputy relationship building with students; practices supporting positive school climate (e.g. PBIS), enhance school environment and change school culture (e.g. Student and Employee Voice Survey data), and restore relationships after conflict (e.g., Conscious Discipline and counseling services)

2019-20> development of teaching activities to support core competencies PK-12 (self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills; student-development of PSAs on core compentencies for secondary level, and student-driven and developed SEL messages (e.g. positive messages bathroom stalls). All school administrators and instructional staff completed a 2-hr online Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Postvention SafeSchools module and participated in a 30-minute facilitated discussion and research article review; instructional staff MassiveU SEL online coursework; YMHFA training completed with all school administrators, mental health professionals (counselors, psychologists, licensed mental health staff), nurses, ESE program specialists, and core District administrators and specialists - Youth Relations Deputies are scheduled for YMHFA training Summer 2019; school administrator training in trauma informed practices and a modified PREPaRE training


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