Social and Emotional Learning in D102

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults develop fundamental social and emotional skills to handle themselves, their relationships and their tasks effectively and ethically.  (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional

SEL is not a program but rather is an integrated, multi-component approach involving every student.  Teachers intentionally create a caring school community as well as explicitly teaching, modeling and giving students opportunities to practice the social-emotional skills outlined in the Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards:

  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management
  • Social Awareness and Interpersonal Skills
  • Decision-Making and Responsible Behaviors (

Each person is asked, assisted, and inspired to live up to the ideals of fairness, respect, caring and responsibility.

SEL is integrated into all aspects of the school day, including every curricular area and all other programs and activities.  The learning environment is structured to build a sense of autonomy and belonging and to give children the skills to feel competent in handling academic and social skills.

If you have any questions regarding our social and emotional learning approach, please contact Lynn Lawrence at

SEL Information

Lyons Township Mental Health Commission News Articles from Around the Web

Disclaimer: This list was prepared by the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission. The views expressed in this list do not necessarily reflect the views of District 102. The list is provided to promote awareness of current issues and does not constitute support or endorsement of any idea, author, article, website or organization.


Teens & E-Cigarettes: An Online Presentation - LEAD ~ Over the last five years, sales of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have grown from nearly zero to a multi-million dollar industry… things have changed, and the e-cigarette industry has gained momentum with lots of new youth being introduced to e-cigarettes without ever having used substances before.

Are Vape Pens dangerous? - Teen Therapy Center ~ There is also evidence that adjusting the heating element to higher ranges converts the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin to formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.  Both of those chemicals are suspected to be carcinogenic specifically when inhaled into the lungs.

Drug Facts: E-Cigarettes - National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) ~ Their easy availability, alluring advertisements, various e-liquid flavors, and the belief that they're safer than cigarettes have helped make them appealing to this age group.

Teens and Vaping - Get Smart About Drugs ~ Vaping marijuana (THC oil) can be more dangerous than smoking the drug. This is because people often vape a higher concentration of THC which, in turn, intensifies the high and can increase the "likelihood of addiction and adverse medical consequences,” Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of NIDA.

More teens sneaking vaping devices that look like flash drives, markers into suburban high schools - Chicago Tribune ~ Smoking in the bathroom has returned with a vengeance and a twist at some Chicago-area high schools, where administrators worry that new ways to get a nicotine fix are making the illegal habit even more appealing to students, and harder for teachers to catch.

Teens Inhale Cancer-Causing Chemicals In E-Cigarettes - ~ Smoking e-cigarettes delivers cancer-causing chemicals that get into the body - and popular fruity flavors appear to be the worst, researchers reported Monday. They said teenagers who try vaping are poisoning themselves with many of the same chemicals that make traditional cigarettes so deadly.