Clayton is so excited to be continuing the new Social Emotional Learning program in classrooms this year! We want your child to be as successful as possible in school, but classroom success is not just about reading and math. Successful students also know how to learn and how to get along with others. Students will be learning Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving in classrooms this year using the Second Step program.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a fundamental research-driven approach based on the tenets of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Students learn critical life skills such as recognizing and managing emotions, solving problems effectively and establishing positive relationships. SEL creates the foundation that lets all other learning occur.

AISD is a recognized leader in urban education and one of the first districts in the nation to commit to the development of the whole child by incorporating social and emotional learning. 

SEL reaches beyond the classroom to all aspects of life. Skills and concepts are integrated in academic lessons and practiced to enhance the climate of the school. Out of school time providers and parents reinforce SEL skills as well.

  • Guiding Principles Self-Awareness

  • Recognizing one's emotions and values as well as one's strengths and limitations

  • Self- Management

  • Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one's goals.

  • Social Awareness

  • Showing understanding and empathy for others.

  • Relationships Skills

  • Forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict.

  • Responsible Decision Making

  • Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior.

Questions? Contact your Child's teacher or Clayton's Counselor Denise Berry at 512-841-9209 or email to