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Social Emotional Learning

Megan Wahl
Social Emotional Learning Coordinator 
(585) 494-1220 ext1404
[email protected] 

Megan Wahl earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Edinboro University in Erie, PA. Her master’s studies focused on Early Childhood Development. She has taught 3rd and 6th grades and worked on class trips, student council, and character education for the District. 

Social Emotional Learning

Here at Byron Bergen Elementary Faculty and Staff regularly put an emphasis on the Social Emotional Learning needs of their students in a variety of ways. 

#1 Morning Meetings 

Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for twenty to thirty minutes and interact with one another using one or more four purposeful components:

Greeting: Students and teachers greet one another by name.

Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.

Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game).

Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.


#2 Social Emotional Learning Resources 

The Zones of Regulation is the original framework and curriculum (Kuypers, 2011) that develops awareness of feelings, energy and alertness levels while exploring a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness. This curriculum provides us an easy way to think and talk about how we feel on the inside and sort these  feelings into four colored Zones, all of which are expected in life. Once we understand our feelings and zones, we can learn to use tools/strategies to manage our different Zones in order to meet goals like doing schoolwork or other tasks, managing big feelings, and healthy relationships with others. The simple, common language and visual structure of The Zones of Regulation helps make the complex skill of regulation more concrete for learners and those who support them. (

The Second Step Digital Program is comprised of four units tailored to the developmental needs of each specific grade level. 

Unit 1: Growth Mindset & Goal-Setting

Unit 2: Emotion Management

Unit 3: Empathy & Kindness

Unit 4: Problem-Solving

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