Supporting Students’ Social Emotional Learning in Bridgeport

Building Long-Lasting Relationships & Helping Students Achieve Future Success

The SEL Community Schools program works with students, faculty, school staff members, and parents to support students’ emotional and mental health needs by expanding the use of Restorative Practices (RP). We support students’ emotional and mental health needs by providing extra interventions and engagements. Restorative Practices offer schools an alternative to traditional disciplinary actions centering on punishment for misbehavior and breaking the rules. It aims to repair harm and relationships, build healthy communities, increase social capital, and decrease crime and antisocial behavior. 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Goals include reducing chronic absenteeism, lower out-of-school suspensions, and improving the school climate. Students, staff, and parents work together to improve school culture, focusing on restorative practices, mediation, and conflict resolution.

Together, we build long-lasting relationships, helping students achieve success in their futures. Restorative Practice Facilitators (RPFs) and Student Support Advocates (SSAs) build the SEL/RP capacity at the school level. They support students struggling in school, community, or at home. This holistic approach is crucial as everyone navigates the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, health, and well-being. 

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SEL Community Schools Program


Mory Hernandez
SEL Schools Program Manager