What does SEL mean to our students?
SEL - Self-Awareness
The first of the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies is Self-Awareness. Self-awareness is crucial to all levels of success. When we are self-aware, we are able to recognize our emotions and how we respond to them, identify our strengths and weaknesses, and appreciate our self-worth and capabilities. As part of a series of TED-style Talks produced by the Westfield Public School District to explain SEL and how it is being used in our district, K-12 Director of Guidance Maureen Mazzarese focuses on the Self-Awareness competency of SEL, which allows us to live courageously, pursue our individual goals and dreams, and be our true selves.Uploaded Feb 11, 2019
A Video Glimpse of School Reopening Preparations
The Westfield Public School District has taken many steps to reopen schools safely in September. Here is a video glimpse of some of those measures.Uploaded Sep 01, 2020
Growing Hearts and Minds at McKinley - A Mural
An artistic collaboration between a Westfield High School senior and McKinley Elementary School resulted in a beautiful mural that will resonate for generations to come. Adam Wachtel volunteered his time for several hours after school each week during January and February. Enjoy this video snapshot of the power of community and the lasting effects of kindness.Uploaded Apr 24, 2020
End-of-the-Year Tribute to the Westfield School Community
Thank you to the Westfield School Community for your strength, compassion, commitment, and resilience during distance learning.Uploaded Jun 23, 2020
What is SEL?
The Westfield Public School District has created a series of short TED-style Talks to explain Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and each of its five core competencies, with examples of how they are being used in our district and the research that tells us why they work. We hope this series helps you to better understand the tremendous benefits of social and emotional learning. This introduction by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan provides an overview of SEL.Uploaded Feb 04, 2019