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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

The resources below have been developed and curated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please email BT Assistant Director Brent Edwards if you know of a resource we should add. 


Mental Health First Aid


This is a list from the National Council for Behavioral Health of phone numbers and web resources to access mental health support. Click on the PDF file in the "All attachments" section below to download the list. 

Additional Crisis Resources:

Suicide Prevention Line 

Crisis Line (even if you just need someone to talk to & you’re not in “crisis”) 602-222-9444

TeenLifeline 602-248-8336

Link to More Resources

Family Wellness Check-In



This is a resource to help families measure their 'internal wellness'. There are strategies and structures to 'take the temperature' and make sure everyone is managing stress and challenges in a healthy manner.

Link to Family Wellness

Where in the Zoo are You


This is a short story to be used as a launching point for discussing how COVID has impacted our children and our community -- and a wonderful resource for discussing and processing emotions.

Shared with permission by the author Robin Blumenthal.

Link to story

  • 1. Be Calm Resources
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    These resources can easily be shared with families. It contains a lot of resources for adults and youth.

    Be Calm Resources for Adults & Youth

    Google Link to List

  • 2. Intentional Check-Ins
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    During this time, being intentional with communication is of the utmost importance. Communicate within families early, often, and in a variety of ways. It's especially important to stay connected with extended family who may live elsewhere. These include but are not limited to:


    Postcards or other notes


    Phone calls

    Video chats

    Drive-by visits

  • 3. List of Resources for Support
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    This specific link provides parents and caregivers information on how to cope during COVID. We encourage families to also reach out to school staff for additional resources for physical, academic, or social/emotional concerns involving their student(s). Vail school sites have counselors or Student Services Coordinators available

  • 4. Sleep and Sensory Processing Disorder
  • by: myslumberyard.com

    This website link has tips and resources to support families/caregivers that have little ones with sensory processing disorder and how it impacts sleep.



    Where in the Zoo Are You?

    A short story to be used as a launching point for discussing how COVID has impacted our children and our community -- and a wonderful resource for discussing and processing emotions.

    Shared with permission by the author Robin Blumenthal.


  • 1. ACT Statement
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    This is Vail's ACT Statement, developed nearly 20 years ago. It's a nice framework of expectations for how we treat each other.

  • 2. Check-ins with Children
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    Check-ins can be completed virtually or in person. Many teachers are familiar with "Roses and Thorns" or even a thumbs up or down. This article discusses how to take these practices a bit further to really help students identify and monitor their own wellbeing.


    Roses and

  • 3. COVID-19 Caregiver Resources
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    This is a comprehensive list of website links adults can use to support our students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Google Link to List

  • 4. Dialogue Journals
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    Many students (and adults) do not want to talk about their feeling or things that may be weighing heavy on their minds. Some just know they feel "heavy" and don't know why. Providing physical or virtual journals back and forth allows many students an avenue to

  • 5. Family or "Community" Meetings
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    Community meetings are group meetings with established norms and often agreed-upon rules/agreements, many of which mirror the ACT statement. These meetings can be conducted virtually and are a great opportunity for building relationships, a sense of unity/belonging, and serves to remind students that they are not

  • 6. Free SEL Resources for Caregivers
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    This link provides free chapters to several books, articles, and webinars about the importance of Social/Emotional learning and the role it plays in student success. ASCD is an organization for educators, but many of these resources apply to families and are free to access without a

  • 7. Maintaining and Teaching Hope
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    It is important in times of heightened stress and unpredictability that adults instill a sense of hope for students. Children observe adults in unfamiliar situations to determine how to respond and react. Adults who are calm and approach situations with optimism and hope assist students in

  • 8. Mindful Minutes
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    Mindfulness is a state of being aware of something that can be achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while also acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and remaining calm. Mindfulness is known to facilitate emotional regulation and reduce stress, including

  • 9. Sticky Notes to Children
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    This is a great idea for quick communication with members of the household. We never know what children are carrying in their "emotional backpack". A note left for them may make all the difference in the world as to how they start their day.


  • 10. Therapy Dogs and the Value of Pets
  • by: VUSD SEL Cadre

    Animals are wonderful at reducing stress levels. Arranging for a calm pet to "visit" children virtually could provide a talking point for relationship building and gives children another subject to learn, communicate, and write about that they may not have access to in their own surroundings.




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