Supporting Families with Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning support offered virtually to families across Cobb.

Social emotional learning specialists provide virtual presentations to Cobb families about the importance of social and emotional learning and ways to support at home.

With so much importance being placed on the social and emotional needs of students during the pandemic and remote learning, Positive School Culture Support staff saw the need for families to develop a deeper understanding of social and emotional learning. Several schools have invited staff to present to families about CASEL’s five SEL competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making) and give suggestions for how to build these competencies at home. Participants also received resources and book suggestions they can incorporate at home, as well as some strategies for managing caregiver and child stress.

Virtual presentation with parents and caregivers from Due West Elementary School

CASEL’s Social Emotional Learning competencies wheel


Presentation slide discusses more open-ended questions for asking children about their day at school.

Time was set aside for questions and comments at the end of the presentation where families could provide feedback through a survey. One caregiver shared, “I’m planning to implement the growth mindset–I can’t do it YET! That was so helpful and will be powerful for my kindergartner.” Other caregivers mentioned they plan to “take time to decompress as a family” and “change the ways I ask about my child’s day, like asking ‘what made you laugh?’ or ‘who did you help?’!” Several of these presentations to families have already taken place with many more scheduled later this semester.

Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture

Contributing Author: Emily Lawery, SEL Specialist

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