Social Emotional Learning

CASEL competencies

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (CASEL, 2018).

GCCS aims to create a learning environment that allows for healthy social, emotional, and academic development. Social emotional learning is key to academic achievement and success. The need to focus on the social and emotional needs of our students, staff, and families is imperative.

When we help foster a strong emotional intelligence, we create opportunities for cultivating:

  • self awareness,

  • self management,

  • relationship skills,

  • social awareness, and

  • responsible decision making.

Each month our school counselors will highlight a different SEL topic! Our goal is to provide education and information to our students, families and communities to promote and foster knowledge, skills, and attitudes across all five SEL competencies.

Summer 2023

Self Care

Self care is about meeting your basic needs so you can be physically and mentally healthy. When we are feeling stressed, burnt out or overwhelmed, we can start to neglect the basics of looking after ourselves (kidshelpline, 2023):

Try these activities with your young people:


Small Ways to Practice Self Care in Difficult Times Video

GCCS has a great team of school counselors to help support the social and emotional needs of our students and families. Please feel free to reach out to your school counselor if you have questions and/or concerns.

Laguna/Acoma High School-

Debbie Sanchez-

Grants High School-

Katrina Carpenter-

Los Alamitos Middle School-

Linda Sanchez-

Milan Elementary School-

Monica Davis-

Cubero/Seboyeta Elementary Schools-


Bluewater/San Rafael Elementary Schools-

Beth Armstead-

Mt Taylor Elementary School-

Patty Lopez-

Mesa View Elementary School-

Tammy White

If you have a mental health concern for a student please contact their respective School Counselor or the District Equity Success Coordinator.

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For more information contact:

Tasia Martinez, Equity Success Coordinator

Phone: (505) 285-2768


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