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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL Pathways For Early Learning

A crosswalk of Washington SEL Standards and the Early Learning and Development Guidelines for birth through grade 3.

SEL Pathways For Early Learning

SEL Pathways (Somali)

SEL Pathways (Spanish) 

Contact Information

SEL Program Supervisor
Project Supervisor
Program Specialist
Administrative Assistant
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is broadly understood as a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions that support success in school and in life. When we think of educating the whole child, their social and emotional development must be considered as a part of overall instruction.
Washington SEL Network Exchange 2023
This exciting in-person event brings together educators from across Washington state to share valuable insights, exchange resources, and discuss future directions and sustainability of SEL implementation. The event will include activities that encourage collaboration and build adult capacity. Educators will use strength-based SEL practices that are centered on creating positive school environments that provide inclusive learning opportunities for all students. Presentations by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Education Northwest, SEL Advisory Committee members, Demonstration Site participants, and OSPI partners.
When: June 27, 2023, from 8:30 am–5:00 pm.
Where: Highline Community College, 2400 S 240th St., Des Moines, WA 98198.
Contact: Debra Parker
Notes: Venue parking, attendance, clock hours, and lunch are FREE!
OSPI will not be able to continue the evidence-based SEL Curriculum Grants. The recently released state operating budget removed funding for the SEL Curriculum. Districts and LEAs who received the grant during this fiscal year will still need to spend their awarded funds and receive materials by June 30! For any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ben Everett.

Required Professional Development

Every other school year, school districts must use one of the professional learning days funded under RCW 28A.150.415 to train staff on SEL or SEL-related topics. For more information on this requirement, please review the Professional Learning Day Guidance.

Washington Adopted SEL Standards

The Washington Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards and benchmarks were adopted in January 2020.

SEL Professional Learning Network

The SEL Professional Learning Network provides Washington state education professionals with SEL-related learning opportunities, including webinars, peer-to-peer exchange series, individualized support, and more.

Washington-Developed SEL Resources

Review Washington-developed SEL resources to help implement social emotional learning, including equity tools, learning activities, and related briefs.

SEL Online Module

This online module is designed to build knowledge and awareness for teachers, administrators, and school staff of what social-emotional learning (SEL) is and why it is important. In addition, the module explains how to implement and integrate SEL into different contexts in a culturally responsive way.

SEL Advisory Committee

The Washington state Legislature authorized the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Advisory Committee to continue to develop statewide support to advance and promote SEL.

Trauma-Informed SEL Practices

A trauma-informed child and family service system responds to the impact of traumatic stress on children, caregivers, and service providers. Programs and agencies within these systems infuse and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into their organizational cultures, practices, and policies.