Social and emotional learning is happening in AISD schools via evidence-based curricula, intentional integration, and collaborative planning. But what about SEL at home? Generally, caregivers are doing the best they can to support and create opportunities for social and emotional learning outside of school hours, but of course there is a lot that goes on in day-to-day life. How can families learn and incorporate new ideas for social and emotional development?
Luckily, the internet reflects the growing interest in social and emotional learning around the nation and the globe, so there are many SEL parent resources out there. Here are a few to serve as inspiration, and show the wide variety of resources available to caregivers and families.
The Kid’s Health Emotions and Behavior site has many clickable articles on lots of aspects of social and emotional development in children and teens, in English and Spanish. You can also hear audio versions of the articles!
Edutopia has an extensive Parent Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning, with material that is a bit more academic. It has tons of articles and addresses many topics, from mindfulness to grit, empathy to social media!
For lots of readable, quick parent information, the National Association of School Psychologists website has many articles geared toward caregivers on the NASP Families page, including quite a few in Spanish and other languages.
For caregivers and families with questions about children’s mental health, the NAMI website has a wealth of information and resources on various aspects of youth mental health and well-being in English and Spanish.
And, of course, don’t forget that your friendly Social and Emotional Learning team right here in AISD puts out newsletters with bilingual resources for families! Check out the December and March newsletters that we’ve published so far, and click to the last page for our “Caregivers’ Corners!”
Thanks for reading, and share these resources far and wide so that Social and Emotional Learning can keep on flowing from school to home, providing our youth with tools to build a happy, successful life and learn 21st century skills.