• Social Emotional Learning at Highland Terrace


        Social-emotional learning (SEL) at Highland Terrace integrates a variety of SEL practices and curriculum to support our students in developing important life-long skills and in cultivating a positive, caring community. As a school community our teachers and students engage in regular community meetings informed by Positive Discipline and Restorative Justice practices.  Students learn additional emotion regulation skills from the Zones of Regulation curriculum.

         SEL practices are based on the guiding philosophy that all people - children and adults alike - need to feel a sense of belonging and significance. Positive Discipline uses this foundation to teach children social emotional skills and to live in healthy community.


    Positive Discipline in the Schools and Classroom Manual - 6th Edition, by Teresa Lasala, Jodi McVitie,  and Suzanne Smitha


    The Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom is designed to create a respectful school climate through social emotional learning, character education and effective discipline. It provides simple and clear lesson plans that you can integrate into your daily curriculum. Each lesson is designed to fully engage students’ thinking and enhance social emotional awareness – and most of the activities can be completed in less than fifteen minutes. The program provides the tools to develop effective class meetings and create a climate of mutual respect through teaching communication, cooperation, problem solving, and self-regulatory skills. The Guide is filled with tips and ideas of how to extend the lessons and deepen students' understanding and application. The result is a comprehensive classroom and school program that contributes to academic excellence by fostering mutual respect, promoting collaboration and proactive problem solving, and increasing classroom productivity.

    Positive Discipline at Highland Terrace

    Teachers in every classroom are teaching Positive Discipline curriculum. Lessons include:

    • Agreement and Guidelines for the Classroom
    • Creating Routines
    • Self-regulation
    • Communication
    • Respecting Difffences
    • Mistakes and How to Repair Them
    • Practicing Compliments and Appreciations
    • Classroom meetings

    For more information about Positive Discipline visit their website, www.positivediscipline.com


    Zones of Regulation: The Concept to Foster Self-regulation and Emotional Control

    Zones of Regulation Tools Poster


    Zones of Regulation curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of the four color-coded and "road sign" oriented for clear recognition and reinforcement. Students learn how to use strategies or tools to explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones.

    Zones of Regulation at Highland Terrace

    Zones of Regulation visuals are posted in every classroom and are seen throughout the school. Staff and students use this common language to identify and describe their feelings based on colors or "zones" and are enouraged to use their toolbox to help them regulate and "get back to learning".

    To learn more about the Zones of Regulation social thinking curriculum, click here.


    Restorative Justice 

    Restorative Justice practices have roots in indigenous communities and culture. These practices guide us to understand behavior and discipline through a particular lens: Hurtful behavior harms relationships and provides an opportunity to heal relationships and strengthen the community. Regular community meetings, or circles, where all students and voices are heard, serve as the foundation of Restorative Justice practice.

    Restorative Justice practices are an alternative to traditional discipline. Traditional school discipline has resulted in inequitable outcomes as proven in the "school-to-prison pipeline". Highland Terrace and the Shoreline School District are commited to rectifying these inequities so that all students can thrive in our world.

    To learn more about Restorative Justice in the Shoreline School District, click here

    To learn more about race and equity initiatives in the Shoreline School District, visit our Equity and Family Engagement Department.


    Shoreline School District Social Emotional Learning Adoption 

    For more information about the Shoreline School District Social Emotional Learning Adoption Committee click here

Last Modified on March 26, 2020