Social Emotional Learning

At Sheridan, we know the social and emotional education of children is of equal importance to their academic learning and that children must feel comfortable and confident in order to take the risks necessary for both personal and academic growth.
Culture, personality, and environment influence each child’s development. As children get older, social dynamics, stress, perceived abilities/lack of abilities, and anxiety can all create blocks to learning.

Our integration of Responsive Classroom into our program allows us to respond to individual needs, work with children and families, and incorporate coping strategies into the school day.

Guiding Principles of Responsive Classroom

  • The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn.
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
  • Knowing the children we teach — individually, culturally, and developmentally — is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children’s education.
  • How the adults at school work together is as important as individual competence; lasting change begins with the adult community.
Every Sheridan teacher has been trained in responsive classroom.
4400 36th Street, NW  |  Washington, DC 20008  |  (202) 362-7900
Founded in 1927, we are a vibrant K-8 progressive school with no more than 230 students, an engaged community, and a fierce commitment to both equity and diversity.