Collaborative Classroom

Collaborative Classroom and Caring School Community 

CASEL SELect Program Logo_ColorCaring School Community is a comprehensive, research-based, social and emotional learning (SEL) program for grades K–8 that builds school-wide community, develops students’ social skills and SEL competencies, and enables a transformative stance on discipline.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has awarded Caring School Community its highest designation for high-quality SEL programming, CASEL SELect.

Caring School Community promotes positive behavior through direct teaching of responsibility, empathy, and cooperation — creating settings where students feel heard, known, and cared for.

Students become intrinsically motivated to contribute productively to a community they feel invested in, and where they know they matter. Caring School Community:

  • Builds caring relationships with and among students
  • Directly teaches social skills
  • Creates calm, orderly learning environments through the effective use of classroom management practices
  • Helps students acquire self-discipline through a caring and effective approach to discipline

ACS elementary students participate in the Caring School Community Curriculum in their classrooms twice a week to build a sense of community while learning important social skills along the way. These lessons are delivered through their classroom teacher and our elementary counselor, Mrs. Hancock, goes in one a month into all classrooms to focus on a specific social skill identified by the teacher that needs expansion and/or more practice. 

Our ACS middle school students participate in the Caring School Community Curriculum with all of their 6th, 7th and 8th grade teachers on a rotating schedule. Additional caring school community lessons and expansion activities are done once a month by the middle school counselor, Ms. McWilliams. 

For more information or to view the caring school community brochure please visit the following links:


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