SEL in Action at Home

November 2020 - Healthy Relationships at Home

Dallas ISD children learn and practice skills to help them communicate more clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, and negotiate conflict constructively. These practices build healthy relationships and are foundational to creating a positive and safe learning environment. However, these skills have been modeled and instilled in them long before entering a classroom. Dr. Julius Segal noted that children relate to others based on the "indestructible link of caring between parent and child". As your child's first teacher, experts note that, if you talk and listen to your children from an early age, children feel more comfortable telling you about the details of their life when they’re older.

In this edition, we've included tips to strengthen the bonds within your family. We also address useful information on positively developing your child's inner voice as well as how healthy relationships means standing up for others. We also invite you to attend our SEL Parent Discussion Series, Session 1: What is SEL?, November 18th, 4:30-5:30 PM.

We know that building a family that supports and encourages one another takes energy, resilience, and time and for that - we celebrate you!

SEL Family Discussion Series -SESSION 1: What is SEL? Nov. 18, 4:30-5:30 PM

As part of the SEL Dallas partnership, join Dallas ISD’s SEL Department for a series of 1-hour family-focused virtual sessions to learn about social and emotional learning (SEL) and important SEL skills. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join any session or the entire series. Click here for the session schedule and register below to secure your registration in the series.


Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed. Such as:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Demonstrating cultural competency
  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving
  • Resolving conflicts constructively
  • Resisting negative social pressure
  • Showing leadership in groups
  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed
  • Standing up for the rights of others

Visit this link to view PBS Learning Media's Relationship Skills video.


All parents want positive, healthy, long-lasting relationships for their children. But, what does a healthy relationship sound and feel like? How we talk to our children changes over time. However, there are conversations that are important no matter the age of the child. To help build the foundation and the development of this skillset at home, have conversations with your child, at an early age, and equip them as they become teens and young adults to form their own relationships. Visit the following pages for some expert advice and key points to help guide your journey every step of the way.


SEL will not solve longstanding inequities based on race, ethnicity, class, language, gender, identity, or sexual orientation. However, SEL does serve as a platform to examine policies and practices to create a more inclusive environment for all people. Below are resources, including an ADL Book List, that will assist in discussing sometimes difficult topics with your children as you encourage them to develop self-respect and respect and empathy for others; while acknowledging and celebrating the strengths of all people.
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Words can either heal or hurt, change minds or harden hearts, move people to action or move to tears. We all develop beliefs about ourselves based on our environment, the people closest to us, and the messages we receive. Our brain interprets and internalizes positive and negative words more profoundly and longer. Starting when children are young, the way we interact with them helps shape how they respond to us and to other people in their lives. Much more so than positive words and experiences. With the day-to-day pressures families face, it can be easy to lose sight of what children are doing well, and consequently, children may hear more criticism rather than praise. Visit the following articles and videos to learn more about building a more positive inner voice in your child.


Morning meetings usually take place at school and set the stage for connection, collaboration with an emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. However, having a morning meeting is not exclusively a strategy for schools. Participating in a Morning Meeting or "check-in" at home is a great way to start the day off on the right foot. Work non-traditional hours? Do an evening check-in. It doesn't matter when you visit with your child, just taking the time lets your child know they are loved. This activity will also help them learn to trust the adults in their lives, as well as help them manage emotions and challenges. Like most any other skill, the more you practice having healthy conversations the better you'll get at it. Use the following resources to guide the conversation in your family.

The Social and Emotional Learning department is interested in your feedback as we develop an SEL discussion series for parents and caregivers. The series will help families become more familiar with SEL and actively engage in personal growth and supporting children's SEL practices. Each session will be approximately 45-60 minutes in length and will be presented virtually. Click the button above to participate in this quick survey. Thank you!

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