Social Emotional Learning
An important element of District 109’s commitment to the whole child is attention to the social-emotional needs and health of each of our students. Students develop social and emotional skills through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of school. Each school has individualized programming designed to enhance social-emotional development. For students who may need some additional supports, there is a school social worker and psychologist assigned to each school. Additionally, each middle school has a school counselor. These professionals are available to any student and parent. Please contact your child’s school if you wish to speak to a clinical professional.
Resources for Supporting Students
Here are resources that the District believes will help staff members, parents, and other caring adults support the children in our community:
- Building Resiliency
- Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators
- The Family Institute at Northwestern University (counseling services and referrals)