Supporting Your Students and Families

  • Back to School and Supporting Your Family

    Back to School & Supporting Your Family provides suggestions for setting up routines and helping with conversations about self-care with your student. 

    Social Emotional Learning

    As you support AAPS students during this unprecedented time, acknowledging the reality of COVID-19 is essential. Every student at AAPS has been impacted by COVID-19. That impact carries emotional weight that may spill over into your sessions with them.

    In addition to COVID-19, racism, climate change and other societal issues have wide ranging emotional impacts on our students.

    It is extremely important  to recognize the role that these issues play in the lives of our students. 

    At the same time, we want to recognize and value the wonderful gifts and assets that every student brings to AAPS

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a practice you can use to build relationships, bring awareness to your biases and ultimately cultivate the genius of every student you work with at AAPS.

    What is Social Emotional Learning?

    “Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” --

    AAPS Social Emotional Supports and Resource Flyers

    These flyers are filled with great activities, resources, videos and more.

    SISS Resources Website
    The AAPS Student Intervention and Support Services website is filled with evidence-based, AAPS Approved materials, resources and tools for families and organizations working with students with disabilities or other challenges.

  • Key SEL Competencies

    And How You Can Develop Them (adapted from the CASEL SEL Roadmap)

    Competency Defined
    How you can develop this skill
    Self-Awareness: Recognizing how emotions, thoughts and values influence behavior. Cultivating a “growth mindset.”
    • Do your own internal work to confront racism and develop an anti-racist mindset.
    • Examine your implicit biases and how they impact your interactions with AAPS students.
    • Understand the cultural, racial and social identities of yourself and your students.
    • Approach all students from an asset-based rather than deficit based framework
    Self-Management: Successfully regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations--effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, motivation. Working toward goals.
    • Find techniques that help you manage your stress, such as meditation, yoga, etc.
    Social Awareness: Being able to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including through from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Recognize family, school, and community resources and supports
    • Learn and understand how the current COVID-19 pandemic stems from historical social and racial inequities.
    • Learn and understand the individual and institutional impacts of systemic racism
    • Ask about the culture, strengths, challenges and stories of your students.
    Relationship Skills: “Ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups, communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiative conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.”
    • Join groups, find ways to interact with those who are different than you.
    • Listen and learn from the AAPS students you are working with.
    • Demonstrate this skill to the AAPS students you are working with.
    Responsible Decision-Making: Ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards. Realistically evaluating consequences for actions. Consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.
    • Learn and understand the social consequences for the choices you make.
    • Understand the consequences for the ways you interact with AAPS students.
    • Demonstrate this skill with the AAPS students you are working with.

    How to Encourage Students
    Examples from Responsive Classroom

    It’s important for you to reinforce the type of language your teacher uses in the classroom. Here are some examples to help you.