Fort Wayne Community Schools - Student Wellness

Positive mental health increases student academic performance, life and well-being, career and workforce achievement and economic benefits. In 2019, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released seven SEL competencies to be taught in K-12 schools: collaboration, connection, critical thinking, insight, regulation and sensory integration. Social Emotional Learning falls within Indiana Codes 20-30-5-6 (Good Citizenship Instruction), 20-30-5-5 (Morals Instruction) and 20-30-5-14 (Employability Standards).

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL is:

  • Making responsible decisions
  • Navigating strong emotions
  • Communicating clearly and assertively
  • Solving problems effectively
  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
  • Having empathy for others

SEL is not:

  • Replacing systems of accountability for students’ actions
  • The school taking on the role of the parent
  • Suggesting that today’s generation of kids are broken
  • Psychotherapy or mental health counseling
  • Taught at the expense of core academic subjects, such as math, science and literacy

SEL in the classroom can be provided in various ways, including:

  • Explicit instruction
  • Embedded into academic curriculum
  • Group discussion, individual writing or partner work
  • Sending information home for students to work on with their families

Student Well-Being Lessons

May 2021: Mindset (Elementary, Middle, High)
April 2021: Connection (K-2, 3-5, Middle, High)
March 2021: Regulation (PK-2, 3-5, Middle, High)
February 2021: Sensory Motor Integration (Elementary-Drumming, Elementary-Relaxation, Middle, High)
January 2021: Edu-Neuroscience/Critical Thinking (K-2, 3-5, Secondary)
December 2020: Gratitude (PK-2, 3-5, Middle, High)
November 2020: Insight (Elementary, Middle, High)
October: Collaboration (PK-2, 3-5, Middle, High)
September 2020: Critical Thinking (PK-2, 3-5, Secondary)