Prevention & Social Emotional Learning

Who Are We
"We are resilient, compassionate, tenacious partners in creating a future of equality, strength and safety for the youth in our community."

What is Prevention and Social Emotional Learning?

Emotional and social safety begins with prevention efforts embedded within a school culture that fosters connections to trusted adults through help, strength, and hope. When youth recognize their needs and practice social and emotional skills, they are more equipped to engage in their own prevention advocacy. When youth know how to seek the help needed, incidents of bullying, suicide, substance use and acts of school violence decrease. The Prevention and SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Department partners with students, teachers, parents, administrators, counselors, school social workers, school psychologists and community organizations, on a universal level, to build our personal safety and universal prevention tool boxes.

The Prevention and SEL Team provides a variety of resources, such as Sources of Strength, the Student Wellness and Prevention Framework, Prevention Consultation Services, Professional Development, as well as workshops and seminars facilitated by the Prevention and SEL Team. 



How Do I Contact with the Prevention and SEL Team?


Jamie Montoya de-Smidt - Prevention and SEL Coordinator    
jmontoyadesmidt@dcsdk12.org

Cynthia Redfern- Prevention and SEL Lead
cynthia.redfern@dcsdk12.org

Michelle Bryan
michelle.bryan@dcsdk12.org

Janet Hatt
janet.hatt@dcsdk12.org

Kimberly Moore
kimberly.moore@dcsdk12.org

Jason Starkey 
Jason.Starkey@dcsdk12.org

Anne Connolly
ANNE.CONNOLLY@dcsdk12.org



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