Social Emotional Learning and Supports

What is SEL?

Social Emotional Learning is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as the processes through which children and adults develop fundamental emotional and social competencies to: understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. At Harmony Ridge we have developed a social emotional learning umbrella based on best practices from CASEL that encompasses family and community partnerships, schoolwide practices, and a social emotional curriculum.


Family and Community Partnerships

At Harmony Ridge our goal is to partner with families and the community to best meet all needs of our scholars. Check back regularly as we add partnerships.

School Wide Practices

At Harmony Ridge we believe in supporting student behavior through a Positive Behavior Intervention Approach (PBIS). PBIS identifies expected behaviors for common areas, explicitly teaches these behaviors, and rewards students for exhibiting these behaviors. In addition to PBIS we believe in using restorative practices to support unexpected behaviors.


Harmony Ridge will also support student wellbeing through a social emotional team that will support schoolwide practices at the heart of social emotional learning. This team will support a morning meeting structure, opportunities for students to engage in ground and individual sessions with the counselor or social worker, and additional behavioral supports as students need them.

Social Emotional Curriculum

At Harmony Ridge we will be using an SEL curriculum called RULER. The acronym RULER stands four the for the fives skills of emotional intelligence: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating. RULER uses four foundational tools to help students and staff develop these skills. These tools are the charter, mood meter, meta moment, and blueprint.

Charter: Builds and sustains positive emotional climates by creating agreed-upon norms for how people want to feel and how they can help each other to experience those feelings.

Mood Meter: Enhances self- and social awareness and supports the development of a nuanced emotion vocabulary and a range of strategies for regulating emotion.

Meta-Moment: Provides a process for responding to emotional situations with strategies that align with one’s best-self and that support healthy relationships and personal well-being.

Blueprint: Supports the development of empathy and conflict resolution skills by serving as a guide for reflecting on conflict and restoring affected communities.

To learn more about RULER you can visit: https://www.rulerapproach.org/