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Our mission is to promote and advance effective social emotional learning in all schools, families, organizations, and communities in South Carolina. 

University of South Carolina President Robert Caslen and Sarah Gams, SC Teacher of The Year, Support SEL in SC

“The University of South Carolina is proud to support the efforts of the UofSC College of Education Carolina Family Engagement Center and SC School Improvement Council, the UofSC Law School Institute for Families in Society, the UofSC Psychology Department, All4SC and the SEL4SC Coalition to advance social-emotional learning in schools, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” -President Caslen of the University of South Carolina

“Social Emotional Learning is foundational. SEL is the lens through which we implement lessons, design assessments, and create policy. It is the lens through which we lead." -Sarah Gams, SC Teacher of the Year 2021

Anderson District Two School Incorporates SEL in Farm to School Program

From left to right (Katherine Dobbs -Art Teacher, Darlene Greenway- STEAM Teacher, Shelly Blalock- Principal, Stacy Huff- Math Instructional Coach, and Courtney Grimes- School Counselor)  
Lorilei Swanson, Upstate Regional Family Engagement Liaison, worked closely with school personnel and family and community stakeholders at Marshall Primary School (MPS) to apply for and receive a two-year grant through the SC Department of Education’s Farm to School Program. MPS is one of 20 grant recipients and uniquely plans to integrate opportunities for social-emotional growth and development throughout the gardening experience. Courtney Grimes, a school counselor at MPS, worked closely with members of the School Improvement Council, to expand social and emotional learning (SEL) activities for PreK to K5 students in its garden and on its playground. Partnerships include a community member who will paint graphics on the sidewalk to encourage interactive play, a parent with a horticulture degree to co-manage the garden, a school librarian who will create an SEL Story Walk, and a cafeteria manager to expand healthy local choices for school lunch. Teachers will incorporate SEL lessons throughout the gardening experience and engage students in SEL games from the Playworks Game Guide. To ensure that SEL is seamless for students as they transition from school to home, parents may attend a free six-week Positive Solutions series through Family Connections of SC. Parents who successfully complete this interactive SEL training will be featured in the MPS Parent Hall of Fame.

Top of Mind: First 100 Days. 


Educators across the country already recognize the importance of SEL, which was underscored by the challenges of the past year. So it is no surprise that policy leaders are including SEL in their “big ideas” for the next administration’s education agenda. 

“Before covid we imagined the traumas that existed for our kids, since covid, we now know better how much we are needed to help kids address social and emotional shortcomings.” Teaching and caring for kids is more than books and buildings, its reaching into the hearts and minds of those we aim to serve.” -Dr. Gregory A. McCord, Superintendent Marlboro County School District

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"So much of how we interact with our world is rooted in relationships. Children – beginning with the very young – must feel, learn, and develop meaningful, healthy relationships with their peers, their families, their teachers, and with themselves for successful life-long learning.” – Tom F. Hudson , Executive Director, SC School Improvement Council