Social Emotional Learning and Student Wellness

Wellness in the Classroom and Beyond

Every school should be a safe and healthy environment for students to learn and grow. CPS is working to introduce new programs that support student wellness throughout our communities.

Safety, Wellness, and Supportive Learning Communities

Current and recent efforts advancing CPS’ vision for collective wellness include:

  • Violence Prevention
  • Whole School Safety
  • Healing Centered Project
  • Supportive Learning Communities
  • Nutrition Services
  • Health and Wellness

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial component of every child’s development, and CPS believes it should play an equally important role in academic education. Chicago Public Schools is the first school district nationally to cast a vision for being a healing-centered district, making a commitment to our collective wellness.

SEL Spotlight: Rainbows/Silver Linings

District-wide investments in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) aim to help students process trauma and grief. Our partners’ support brought Rainbows’ “Silver Linings” program into over 300 schools and trained 750+ educators. This equipped educators and schools with a curriculum to support students experiencing grief and loss and help them process community trauma (such as a nationwide pandemic).

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