SEL & Wellness Implementation

About SEL & Wellness Teams

DPS is committed to serving the whole child through effective school-based teams that bring together multiple role perspectives on social-emotional learning and wellness. This page offers resources to support the school-based planning that promotes SEL competency development.

Wellness is integrative in that it requires balancing our mind, emotions, body, and spirit. DPS teams focus on culture and climate practices as part of Priority 2 in the DPS Strategic Plan, which focuses on the physical and emotional safety and developing strategies that support the whole child. SEL & Wellness teams should be structured to honor that balance, and this section highlights resources that support implementation through that lens.

2022 Guide to MS/HS SEL Selection

2022 DPS MS & HS Selection Guide

This document is to support SEL & Wellness teams as they preview, investigate, discuss, and decide on one of our two approved MS & HS Curricula during the 2022-23 school year.

This resource from CASEL, with an easy-to-use self-assessment rubric, is a step-by-step support for schools implementing an SEL curriculum or program.


Assembling an SEL Team

This CASEL document is a supportive guide to assembling a team with the knowledge, skills, aptitudes (and attitudes) that will lead effective SEL selection and implementation.


Personal SEL Reflection

Research shows that the number one characteristic for high functioning teams is trust. This CASEL tool allows school-based teams to build individual and group self-awareness towards that goal.

The Panorama Education Social-Emotional Learning Survey is our primary tool for DPS SEL & Wellness teams to identify and develop the core SEL competencies of our students. The data, which is collected from surveys at the beginning and the end of each year, are also used to identify students who may need additional SEL supports.

Sense of Belonging Strategy: Relationship Mapping

A positive connection to at least one adult can have incredible benefits that include reduced bullying, lower drop-out rates, and improved social emotional capacities. This tool supports a gap-free system to ensure each child is connected with a caring adult in the school community.