At the Burlington School District, we believe that well-being and positive mental health is the foundation for all learning.
At all schools across the district, we seek to empower students (and adults) to acquire, practice, and apply the life skills that are supportive of all individuals in feeling valued, respected, caring, creative, affirmed in their identities, and able to achieve at their highest potential.
What is social-emotional learning (SEL)?
Social-emotional learning (SEL) describes the process of developing the self-awareness, emotion management, and interpersonal skills that are vital for success in school, work, and life.
At schools across BSD, we use SEL as a framework to guide students in working towards their unique goals, comprehending and managing their emotions, nurturing positive relationships, making informed choices, advocating for their basic needs and exhibiting empathy.
Why SEL in BSD?
We believe that by proactively supporting students’ well-being and mental health, we have the capacity to improve academic, social-emotional, and long-term outcomes. SEL provides a positive foundation upon which students can learn about themselves and others in a safe, inclusive, and supportive school environment.
Decades of research have demonstrated that building these life skills – such as empathy, perspective-taking, goal-setting, emotion identification, and gratitude – help students improve their:
- Academic outcomes
- Mental and physical health
- Peer and adult relationships
- Classroom behavior
How can I learn more about ongoing well-being and mental health initiatives at BSD?
Click here to learn more about ongoing SEL and mental health initiatives at BSD.
Recent & Upcoming Events
Check back in 2022 for a listing of upcoming events for families.