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Social & Emotional Learning: Community Structures, Routines & Practices

All Ulster BOCES student based programs will approach instruction through the lens of social-emotional learning. Supportive structures, routines, and practices will be developed for all learners, both students and adults, in order to provide a pathway to our North Star in an equitable manner. The foundation of this work will begin with relationship building with one’s self, others, and the larger community. 

Our instructional framework will include the following structures, practices, and routines:

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.


Students are scheduled into advisory groups of 12-16.  The purpose of this time is for young scholars to discuss social, emotional, academic and current events.  This is intended to be a ‘circle’ based structure.  Often in advisory a socratic seminar will be held.  A brief article is shared and read by all.  The learning threads, workplace learning standards, are supported and taught through this community based structure.

Individual young scholar meetings with adult advisors are held.  Young scholars are scheduled to meet individually.  The purpose of this time is for each young scholar to discuss social, emotional, academic and current events individually with his/her/they advisor. The learning threads, workplace learning standards, are supported and taught through this community based structure.

Community Meetings


Ulster BOCES Positive Intervention Team (PIT) and the clinical team work together as a mobile outreach team to provide attendance, social-emotional, and academic support to students and their families through home visits.  When a student is not engaged in school for multiple days or determined to be at risk emotionally or academically a network of trusted adults provide support via phone calls, emails, and/or visited the students residence.  These visits are to offer support: listening, login/technological information, dropping off paperwork, sometimes dropping off food, and delivering resource lists and contact information of local food pantries, school pick up and drop off meal plans, and community organizations to help families navigate their needs. This information is communicated regularly with the students home district allowing for the community and Ulster BOCES to partner toward positive outcomes for the student.