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Social Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Support

NLPS embraces the development of social and emotional learning for all students to provide a foundation for safe and positive learning and to enhance each student’s ability to succeed in school, career, and life.

Social Emotional Learning

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. 

 NLPS adheres to the CASEL framework of social-emotional skill development.  The short-term goals of SEL development are to: (1) promote students’ self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills; and (2) improve student attitudes and beliefs about self, others, and school. These, in turn, provide a foundation for better adjustment and academic performance as reflected in more positive social behaviors and peer relationships, fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and improved grades and test scores. Integral to this work are strong family and community partnerships.

Social and Emotional Learning Diagram

Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

Mental Health Supports

In addition to SEL instruction, all NLPS schools are staffed with a comprehensive team of psychologists, social workers, and school counselors who provide a high level of student mental health services. Students in need of individual or group counseling, crisis management, and social skill development are supported during the school day. To access more information or make a referral, please reference the appropriate school personnel below: Click here to see our Support Staff.

Students and families are also encouraged to submit anonymous concerns through Anonymous Alerts, NLPS’s anonymous reporting app. All reports are followed up by school and district personnel.  Please click here to see Anonymous Alerts.

Resource Document

This resource document is being provided pursuant to Public Act 21-46: An Act Concerning Social Equity and the Health, Safety and Education of Children. This Act requires the Connecticut State Department of Education to develop, and annually update and distribute, a document for use by local and regional boards of education that provides information concerning educational, safety, mental health, and food security resources and programs available for students and their families. 

The Department will continue to update this document as additional resources are identified.  Please see the attached file here


Erin McGuire

Titles: Assistant Director of Mental Health

Mental Health Support Contacts

Mental Health Support Contacts

Community Partners

Community and state agencies are integral partners in NLPS’s student support services. Collaboration to support student learning, mental health referrals, and staff professional development are ongoing.  NLPS is proud to foster the following partnerships: