• Social Emotional Learning

    • Graphic showing aspects of the CASEL social emotional learning approach

      Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

      SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

      SEL is embedded by design into the Jackson School District's curriculum and instruction. Through the support of CASEL (Collaboration for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) and Responsive Classroom approaches, our schools and staff utilize a number of methods to encourage social emotional health and abilities in our students.

      Readers & Writers Workshop

       The Reading and Writing Project’s approach to instruction recognizes that “one size fits all” does not match the realities of the classrooms and schools in which they work. When you walk into a workshop classroom at any given moment, you’ll see instruction that is designed to:

      • help teachers address each child’s individual learning,
      • explicitly teach strategies students will use not only the day they are taught, but whenever they need them,
      • support small-group work and conferring, with multiple opportunities for personalizing instruction,
      • tap into the power of a learning community as a way to bring all learners along,
      • build choice and assessment-based learning into the very design of the curriculum,
      • help students work with engagement so that teachers are able to coach individuals and lead small groups.

      The routines and structures of reading and writing workshop are kept simple and predictable so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of teaching in a responsive manner to accelerate achievement for all learners.


      enVisionMATH is a core curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade 6. The program seeks to help students develop an understanding of math concepts through problem-based instruction, small-group interaction, and visual learning with a focus on reasoning and modeling. Differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment are used to meet the needs of students at all ability levels.