Social Emotional Learning

Building Foundations for Success


Developing social and emotional skills builds a foundation for everyone’s success. Social and emotional skills include understanding and managing oneself, relating to others, and making responsible choices. Social and emotional skills are associated with improved behavior, lower levels of emotional distress, enhanced wellbeing, improved academic outcomes, and more stable employment. Social and emotional skills can be taught, practiced, and strengthened in everyday interactions in schools, at home, in workplaces, and community organizations. Students, educators, families and community members use social emotional learning (SEL) every day.


Implementing Social Emotional Learning In Montana Schools: Community of Practice

This community of practice will guide schools through the process of reviewing, adopting, and implementing social emotional learning (SEL). This series is for school leaders who are taking steps to explore SEL implementation and/or strengthen their current SEL program. Please view the flyer to learn more and to register


More pages and information coming soon!

Through partnerships with local education agencies (LEA) and other stakeholders, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is supporting effective school-based programs and strategies to develop social and emotional skills. These efforts are ongoing and additional information will be added to these pages over the next year.  

Please contact us at: 

Michele Henson, School Safety Program Manager, 406-595-1058