When it comes to being a good friend, students at El Paso Independent School District said it’s about honesty, treating others the way they want to be treated, and helping others.
But more than just helping a friend, they’re examples of self-awareness at an early age — a critical component of the district’s “Social Emotional Learning” process.
“SEL process is focused on building the knowledge, skills, and attitude of our students to navigate the world by explicitly teaching skills like life management and social awareness,” said Ray Lozano, EPISD Executive Director Student and Family Empowerment.
It’s a five-step process EPISD students learn from an early age: Self-management, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-awareness, and relationship skills.
EPISD administrators said in SEL, there’s always an opportunity to learn and grow as students, but more importantly, to thrive as individuals.
“It really does allow us to make a social emotional learning on par with the academic focus so our students graduate well rounded, prepare to engaged in the modern workforce,” said Lozano.