Social Emotional Learning bill

Several Washington State Representatives, including northeast Seattle's Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (46th District), have proposed a Social Emotional Learning bill, HB1162.

According to the bill, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is defined as age-appropriate behavioral and emotional management, relationship skills, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, cooperation, decision-making, and planning. Life Skills Training, the evidence-based drug/alcohol prevention program being implemented at Eckstein Middle School, is an example of a curriculum teaching social emotional skills to students.

The purpose of NB1162 is to support and provide leadership for incorporating SEL into basic education.