Social Emotional Learning

Office of Student Support Services Contacts
Assistant Superintendent Mary Toomey, Ed. D. (978) 975-5900 x25614 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lead Counselor

Brittany Lynch (978) 975-5900 x25698 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



social emotional learning resources logoThe Lawrence Public Schools are committed to nurturing and celebrating the special talents and differences of every learner.

As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary 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.


SEL Skills & Core Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
    Accurately recognize emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Self-Management
    Successfully regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • Social Awareness
    Take the perspective of others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Relationship Skills
    Establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships.
  • Responsible Decision-Making
    Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.


Restorative Justice in Schools

Restorative Justice is a flexible set of practices that are adaptable to many purposes, enabling youth and adults to bring forward their “best self.”

It is optimal to integrate restorative approaches into the daily practices of organizations serving youth to establish a positive climate and build social and emotional skills before introducing restorative justice into situations of conflict and harm.

Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University


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