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OUSD’s Three Signature SEL Practices

Welcoming Rituals, Engaging Practices, Optimistic Closings
Making the Most of Our Time Together!

Incorporating these 3 Social and Emotional Learning practices into our work
helps create safe and engaging spaces where all feel comfortable to contribute and explore ideas and achieve our goals.

dsc_0079Welcoming Rituals

An activity at the beginning that intentionally  connects everyone to the work ahead (e.g. check-in or community-builder).

Sets the tone and invites participation.
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                Engaging Practices

A variety of culturally relevant engagement strategies that encourage active participation.
It’s how we learn best! They give our brains opportunities to pause, make connections and anchor learning.



Optimistic Closure

Thoughtfully finishing with an activity that honors our work and helps us look ahead.
Time to celebrate, reflect or motivate towards next steps.


Ready to learn more? View The Three Signature SEL Practices for Adult Learning.


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SEL poster sets available

Social Emotional Learning poster sets will now be available for OUSD’s classroom teachers! Each set contains six 18″x 24″ posters of the five Social Emotional Learning competencies, as well as one that displays all five.  If you are interested in receiving posters for your school site, please fill out this form.

Click below to preview or download the PDF versions:

Social Awareness
Relationship Skills
Responsible Decision-Making

NEW! Teacher Poster Guide

The SEL Poster Guide offers ideas on how to make the most of the SEL posters in your classroom. Want to share your idea with other teachers? Tell us about it here for possible publication in the SEL CONNECT!

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