Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Preparedness Update
Together, the Denver Afterschool Alliance and Denver Public Schools are making Social, Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) a priority, creating culturally empowering spaces for everyone to learn, grow and thrive - in school, out of school and in life. Youth-serving providers model and teach positive, social-emotional skills and give students an opportunity to apply these skills in various situations.
Social, Emotional and Academic Learning is the process through which youth and adults learn and 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.
SEAL is grounded in three competencies that are observed and practiced in support of both youth and adult development:
Self-awareness and self-management: The self-discipline to reflect on and regulate our own emotions, thoughts and values to better develop cultural identity, a healthy self concept, set goals for ourselves and take responsibility for our behavior.
Social awareness and relationship skills: The ability to identify and recognize diverse emotions, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and societal norms and access strategies and interpersonal skills to build productive relationships.
Decision making: The ability to use a critical thinking process to analyze information, situations, norms and context to make decisions based on the identified impact to self and others.
Denver is building the capacity of schools and youth-serving programs to integrate Social, Emotional and Academic Learning into their organizational structures, staff practices and goals for youth. Review Denver's SEAL Initiative 2 Year Status Report (pdf) to understand the impact the SEAL initiative made during it's second year of implementation (2018 - 2019).
Denver was one of six cities selected in 2017 by The Wallace Foundation to participate in their Partnerships for Social Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). Through collaboration between day school and afterschool, six elementary sites (Phase 1 sites) are working to ensure that all youth and the adults who interact with them build essential SEAL skills.
As remote learning continues to become the norm for our youth, we want to ensure to provide support, resources and ideas for our educators and afterschool professionals to plug into their virtual classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.