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Social & Emotional

Hawthorn District 73 is committed to creating an environment where students, staff and the community feel supported. Teachers strive to weave social emotional learning into the curriculum on a daily basis. There is time allocated weekly for Hawthorn staff to focus on the  SEL standards

Elementary Social Emotional Learning

Hawthorn uses Second Step to explicitly teach social emotional skills in four areas: skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving. Collaborative lessons build a sense of classroom community; strong relationships among peers and with staff are established and maintained. 

Middle School Social Emotional Learning

Students from relationships with  trusted staff members and peers through participation in the middle school advisory program. Social-emotional skills like social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and conflict resolution are taught during monthly lessons. 

Social Work Contact List

Community and Family Resources 

PBIS Explained

Social, Emotional and Behavior Coordinator Megan Goldman explains the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at Hawthorn District 73.

How to Gain Control During Uncertain Times

  • Recording: This link is active through the middle of February.
  • Resources: Parents can download the Big 4 journal page & Circle of Control page from this link.

Presented by: Audrey Grunst, LCSW

Session Details: 

Change and uncertainty can feel scary and overwhelming. But, change is a fact of life. It can be big or small, planned or unexpected – and it can carry with it both negative and positive feelings. That’s what makes it so complex. If you focus on learning how to cope ahead during times of uncertainty, you will gain control of your emotional responses and likely be able to tolerate the ebbs and flows that inevitably come with life. 

About the Speaker:

Audrey Grunst is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the CEO of Simply Bee, a local outpatient counseling practice in Vernon Hills & Northbrook. Audrey specializes in mental health advocacy, training & development and private therapy. She is the host of the Well, Not Perfect podcast and author of The Growth and Resiliency Model©. Audrey is known for her ability to mobilize communities and improve mental health resources. She envisions a world where people can “simply bee” themselves and is inspired daily by those around her who have a mission-based work ethic.