Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
CASEL Framework and SEL
Hermosa Beach City School School District is committed to embedding the CASEL 5 Social Emotional Competencies within academic instruction so every student can increase prosocial skills, executive function capacity, empathy, and enhances higher level critical thinking skills.
The district has been a forerunner with the implementation of social emotional learning. In 2012, HBCSD was an early adopter of MindUp curriculum, which became a part of our elementary academic landscape. The district continues to evaluate our SEL curriculum and has recently introduced Second Step into our social emotional learning repertoire.
MindUP is a research-based curriculum features 15 lessons that use the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. HBCSD has partnered with Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) to provide MindUP docents to assist with supplementing booster classroom lessons.
Second Step is an evidence-based curriculum. which provides instruction in social and emotional learning with units on skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, friendship skills, and problem solving. Second Step uses four key strategies to reinforce skill development: brain builder games (to build executive function), weekly theme activities, reinforcing activities, and home links. Second Step is used as a Tier 1 intervention through classroom lessons taught by our school counselors in our schools.
Panorama Education Playbook
HBCSD implemented the Panorama Education surveys in the 2020-21 school year. The Panorama platform includes a "playbook" that allows educators to have access to hundreds of interactive lesson plans and activities that promote SEL skills, student well-being, and academic success in a variety of learning environments. Playbook also includes resources engaging families with activities to foster social and emotional development, and implementing school-wide practices to prioritize SEL instruction at HBCSD.
HBCSD Virtual Calming Room
Need a mental break? Visit HBCSD's own virtual calming room.