What is SEL?

Transitioning back to school is an event filled with emotions for students and their parents. Your child may be excited about the new year, including all its challenges, or apprehensive, or any emotion in between. We want you to know that APW is here to help and support you. 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.

Please see below links and resources offered to help guide students, staff, and our community through any obstacles you may be facing.

What is APW doing to help our students with their SEL?

This is a very exciting year for APW students! This year, every student will have their own PDL (personal learning device). Here, they will have access to a multitude of resources to help with their SEL! Check some of them out below!

APW Elementary School

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Many kids struggle with their behavior in the school setting. When schools only react with punishment, students do not learn the skills they need to improve. That's where PBIS comes in. PBIS is a proactive approach schools use to improve safety and promote positive behavior.

The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.

At its core, PBIS calls on schools to teach students positive behavior strategies, just as they would teach about any other subject, like reading or math. PBIS recognizes that students can only meet behavior expectations if they know what the expectations are. Everyone learns what's considered appropriate behavior. And they use common language to talk about it. Throughout the school day...in class, at lunch, and on the bus...students understand what's expected of them.


Click here to view APW Elementary monthly PBIS themes!

Second Step

Second Step is a social-emotional learning program that teaches various social and emotional skills such as emotion recognition and management, empathy, problem solving, bullying prevention, and goal-setting.

Lessons will be delivered on a weekly basis to students in Pre-K through 6th grade consisting of the following units:

  • Growth Mindset and Goal Setting

  • Emotion Management

  • Empathy and Kindness

  • Problem Solving

Additional units will also be taught revolving around Bully Prevention.

APW JR/SR High School

Positivity Project

The Positivity Project is a character education curriculum dedicated to empowering youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others.

S.O.S (Signs of Suicide)

Through video and guided discussion, students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression. The goals of the program are:


  • Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression

  • Encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend

  • Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment

  • Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education

  • Encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health

District Wide

Virtual Calming Corner

This year, all students will have a personal learning device (PDL) in which they will have full access to the Calming Corner. The Calming Corner is a place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Along with resources that promote mindfulness, you will also find virtual puzzles and games, coloring, and even live animal cams!

Please use these resources to reflect, find peace, and care for yourself, Rebels!

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS is a framework APW schools are using this year to give targeted support to struggling students. MTSS is designed to to help schools identify struggling students early on and intervene quickly. It focuses on the "whole child." That means it supports academic growth along with behavior, social, and emotional needs, as well as absenteeism (not attending school).