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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Healthy, happy children are in touch with their emotions – and that starts with Social-Emotional Learning.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and child development – the process through which every child gains the knowledge and skills to manage their emotions, feel empathy for others, maintain supportive relationships and friendships, and make responsible and caring decisions. When students take the time to focus on their emotions, reduce their stress, and grow their empathy for themselves and each other, they can thrive in all areas of their lives.

In weekly social-emotional learning sessions, our students learn to name their feelings and show kindness for others as they gain the skills to grow into compassionate, emotionally mature young people. Students learn new SEL concepts through conversations, presentations, readings, videos, interactive activities, and art projects. Teachers weave lessons into classes, connecting and reinforcing its importance in students’ lives. Parents receive a newsletter recapping the week’s SEL lesson and are encouraged to continue the conversation at home.

The SEL faculty at NSHA includes professional social workers with experience in both education and private practice. Our offices are a safe space where students are invited to share their challenges and create solutions.

To reach a member of our SEL teams, please reach out to:

Sara Berlin, LCSW
Cherry Lane Social Worker
sberlin@nsha.org
(516) 487-8687

Stephanie Genachowski, LCSW
Old Mill Road Social Worker
sgenachowski@nsha.org
(516) 487-9163

Dr. Linda Shum
School Psychologist
lshum@nsha.org
(516) 487-8687