LKSD Utilizes SEL Programs

LKSD Utilizes SEL Programs
Posted on 04/20/2022
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LKSD utilizes SEL programs to help students achieve

Social and Emotional Learning, or SEL, is a method in which children and adolescents learn about managing emotions and developing healthy identities. SEL is an integral part of LKSD’s approach to students’ emotional wellness, which contributes to educational success. Through a series of programs and trainings, teachers and students learn the tools needed to help navigate difficult situations throughout their lives. 

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An example of this took place March 16 and 17 in Quinhagak. LKSD Social Worker, James Robinson, and a professor and student from Savannah State University visited the school to work with students on emotional wellness.  Elementary students conducted a series of activities with the visitors to learn how to handle common stressors. They were also able to talk to them about what to expect from college.  The program was such a success that the Savannah State professor is planning on returning next school year to Quinhagak to do more activities and bring additional university students to share their experiences. 

The week of the 21st of March, Tuntutuliak hosted Carry the Cure, a non-profit organization that seeks to decrease the number of suicides amongst Native youth. Tuntutuliak hosted the organization for two days, in which there were two school assemblies and two evening concerts. 

Another program, called Sources of Strength, seeks to empower youth around topics of suicide prevention, substance abuse, violence, and more. Eleven schools throughout the district are piloting the newly adopted program this spring. We’ll be sharing more information about the Sources of Strength programs on our Facebook page this spring. 

With continued emphasis on social emotional learning, we hope students gain the skills to navigate the challenges they face in their life, as they gain the educational tools to succeed. 
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