Teaching and Learning

About Social Emotional Learning

"SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions" --www.casel.org

At Oak Grove School, students receive explicit instruction around SEL concepts and skills in grades K-5. Students receive a 30-minute lesson at least once a week directed by the SEL teacher, Susie Kiefer.

The CASEL Framework

"The CASEL 5 addresses five broad and interrelated areas of competence and highlights examples for each: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The CASEL 5 can be taught and applied at various developmental stages from childhood to adulthood and across diverse cultural contexts. Many school districts, states, and countries have used the CASEL 5 to establish preschool to high school learning standards and competencies that articulate what students should know and be able to do for academic success, school and civic engagement, health and wellness, and fulfilling careers" from www.casel.org

Soaring Eagles! Recognition Program

What is this?

A school-wide program to develop the whole child, promote positive behavior, and recognize the success of our students! Students earn blue tickets for exhibiting the targeted behavior/attribute for the month. Student names are drawn at random to choose a prize at the end of the month.

Why is this valuable? 

  • School-wide programs promote a positive climate/culture within the building
  • Intertwines whole child development into all aspects of the school experience.
  • Highlights student success for all.

How can families encourage participation?

  • Review the monthly themes (i.e. commitment, kindness, etc...) at home.
  • Continue the conversations around the monthly themes and incorporate them as a family.
  • Encourage participation throughout the month and spirit week.

Susie Kiefer

SEL teacher

Susie Kiefer is the K-Fifth Grade Social Emotional Learning Teacher. Susie supports wit...

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Ryan Murray

Assistant Principal/SEL Coordinator

Ryan Murray is a student centered educator who believes in supporting the whole child. ...

  • Email Ryan Murray

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