Social and Emotional Learning in Galesburg CUSD #205
#SEL in 205
According to CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. CASEL stands for Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning. CASEL provides the research-based framework our district uses to create and monitor goals around SEL.
A leadership team, consisting of student service personnel from each school building, makes up the SEL Steering Committee for our district. The SEL Steering Committee is led by Mindi Ritchie, who oversees SEL and mental health in District 205. Mrs. Ritchie also acts as Principal of the district’s alternative school, GHS North. The SEL Steering Committee’s work is carried out through subcommittees with areas of focus including community outreach, SEL curriculum, teacher and staff wellness, and mental health screening, among others.