Since becoming superintendent over two months ago, I have spent a lot of time listening and learning about our district’s initiatives, strengths, and challenges. An observation that I heard frequently is the frustration and helplessness that families often feel when their child is confronted with some form of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying (HIB).
District Administration magazine has named Bellevue School District a District of Distinction for its Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative in its July 2017 issue.
The Bellevue School District’s Instructional Material Committee approved the adoption of MindUP as the Bellevue School District’s middle school social emotional learning curriculum on April 20, 2017. Pending School Board approval at the May 2, 2017 board meeting, the implementation of the curriculum will begin in the 2017-18 school year.
Woodridge students helped teach their parents about the Mood Meter and families worked together to create a Family Charter at the school’s second annual Social Emotional Learning Night in February.
SEL is being piloted this year at all middle schools in Bellevue, and more than 60 teachers are participating. Bellevue Schools Foundation is funding the pilot and focus on middle school SEL with a $75,000 grant. Read More
Now in its second year, Family Charter Night at Spiritridge Elementary, is the first link connecting the Social Emotional Learning students are gaining in the classroom and giving context to applying the strategy at home.Read More