Social Emotional Learning or SEL is a school-based program that teaches children life skills.

Tonight (February 12, 2019) the Washoe County School District invites everyone to learn more about the program with an interactive showcase:

SEL Showcase


Pine Middle School

4800 Neil Rd, Reno, NV 89502

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In Washoe County, Social and Emotional Learning happens in the classroom. Thousands of teachers from pre-k through high school implement the lessons on a regular basis. These are some of the skills being taught says program coordinator Trish Shaffer: "The ability to achieve and set goals whether they're personal or academic, the ability to show and feel empathy, the ability to disagree without being disagreeable."

And it's needed - most students admit, the emotional pressure cooker really heats up come middle school.

"We're going through a pretty hard time in our lives right now,” explains 7th grader Avery S., “Our emotions are a mess, so social emotional learning is learning how to handle it, so recently we learned how to handle anger."

At the SEL showcase those skills will be demonstrated in person by some of the same students who are learning them -- "We’ll follow a lesson plan,” says middle-schooler Rilee P., who will be demonstrating tonight, “We do an activity, we see how other people handled the same situation and how that relates to being emotionally aware."

Avery, who will also be demonstrating, remembers a recent lesson that helped him. "If we get mad at someone we take a couple deep breaths."

The school district says after seven years of implementing SEL they have data that proves students are suspended less, come to school more often and get better grades when they've got the tools to handle adversity.

"These are skills that employers and universities tell us all the time that they are looking for." says Shaffer.

The showcase, being held at Pine Middle School, will have 24 exhibits: "Tonight is the first of its kind, think of it as an SEL science fair."

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Interpreters are provided free of charge and food is available for purchase. Pine Parent Teacher Organization will be selling two tacos, snack, and a drink for $5. Proceeds go directly to Pine students.

If you want to learn more about SEL, there’s an UPCOMING SPEAKER SERIES (from WCSD)

Save the date for WCSD’s Social and Emotional Learning Speaker Series finale:

The SEL Experience

 April 18th at the Nugget Casino in Sparks

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

We welcome families, staff, students and community members. Participants will experience examples of curriculum, skill building and even student-led breakout sessions! Build your self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills!

At the April 18th event, free day care and dinner for children of all participants will be provided.

Free interpreters will be available.

Registration for the April 18th will be advertised and open on March 4th.

For more information, visit this link here or this PDF here.