Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

Well-implemented SEL programs positively affect students’ success in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills—such as problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy—help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create positive classroom climates.

Social-emotional skills also help kids successfully manage everyday life. They help students focus, make good decisions, and become supportive members of their community well beyond school.

The Office of Social and Emotional Learning was formally founded by the Kelso School Board in May of 2018 with the mission to foster the social and emotional learning that intentionally promotes a student’s social and emotional growth that is necessary for college, career and life.

Social and Emotional Learning Highlights!
Whole Child Initiative Highlights!

Meet our Team:

Jake Alabiso
District SEL Coordinator


Bob Johanson
District SEL Coach


Colleen Brand
District SEL Technician


Shawnda Macie
District SEL Technician



Sanford Harmony SEL Resources
Second Step Program

Visit the Second Step website and input the specific code for each grade level

  • Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71
  • Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75