Dr. Jennifer Guthals
Director - Student Success
The Student Success Department promotes student achievement through educational programs and services that support the social, emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral health of students and staff. This includes a wide variety of programs such as counseling and guidance, prevention programs, and wellness programs. The Student Success Team collaborates with schools on truancy prevention, substance abuse prevention education, suicide prevention education, and bullying prevention education as well as supporting districtwide Restorative Practices and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports). The team also collaborates with the Safety and Security Team, the Directors of Elementary, Secondary, and Culture, Language, and Equity, and school staff, to ensure our schools are welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and safe.
What is SEL in TSD?
During the 2019-2020 school year, the Social Emotional Learning Partnership (SELP) Team created the following statement to define Social and Emotional Learning in TSD:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an intentional integrated learning process that develops resilient, resourceful, self-aware, and socially responsible community members.
Systemic and systematic SEL instruction in TSD promotes equity, inclusivity, safety, a sense of belonging, and achievement for all members of our school community.
Through SEL, our students, staff, and community learns, practices, and effectively applies the knowledge and skills to:
--understand and manage emotions,
--communicate and self-advocate,
--set and achieve positive goals,
--establish and maintain healthy relationships and overall wellness,
--think critically and make responsible decisions,
--develop and demonstrate empathy, appreciation, and respect for self and others.