The mission of the New York State Education Department is “to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all people in New York.” In alignment with this mission, every public school seeks to graduate students who are prepared for college, career, and responsible citizenship in the 21st century. In addition to academic content and skill development, schools must address many contextual factors, including physical and mental health, safety, socioeconomics, culture, and the focus of this paper, social emotional leaning (SEL).
Elmira city school district has created a 3-prong approach to creating and sustaining an inclusive environment that involves providing socioal emotional learning and supports to children. The philosophical approach that Elmira has taken to respond to students behavior and discipline is the Restorative Practices approach. The district has adopted Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) to provide a systemic approach rooted in evidence-based practices (i.e. strategies that have been scientifically-proven to work) and regular evaluation of school and student data. By collecting and evaluating data, staff can make sure that students’ needs are being met. You will also notice in the above graphics that the CSE process of evaluating for suspected disabilities by conducting a FBA aligns within the PBIS system. Many of the schools within the Elmira school district rely on the 2nd Step Curriculum to provide instruction around social emotional learning for students.
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