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School Counselors

As school counselors, we are dedicated to supporting, inspiring, motivating and guiding students in their journey through childhood and adolescence. By promoting our students' Social and Emotional Learning, we enhance their personal development.

What is Social and Emotional Learning and why is it important?
CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic and Social Learning), an organization based at the University of Illinois, defines Social Emotional Learning as "the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make positive decisions."

There has been a shift in how educators and child development experts think about the skills that students need to be successful in school and in life. Some researchers now suggest that a child's success or or failure isn't only determined by cognitive skills, as once thought; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, or those most related to character, including grit, optimism and self-awareness, are other important contributors to student success.

School counselors are a resource for students, teachers, parents and administrators to help our understanding of ourselves and our relationships with one another.

Primary School Resources

Ms. Wilton recommends: Great Reads
Parent ToolKit
Aha! Parenting: Explaining Death
Aha! Parenting: Steps to Encourage
Understood: For Learning and Attention Issues
Social Learning for Well-Being
5-Point
Common Sense Media
Social-Emotional Learning: What It Is and Why It Matters (VIDEO)
How To Stop a Bully (VIDEO)

How to Activate Kid's Empathy - Michelle Borba
Short version (six minutes)

Lower School Resources

The Power of Mindfulness
Parent Toolkit
Zones of Regulation
PBS Parenting: Raising Boys
PBS Parenting: Raising Girls

Middle School Resources

School counselors


Sue Heybach, MA, LPC, NCC
High School Placement Counselor & Middle School Counselor
773.681.8451

Laura Sloman, AM, LSW
Lower School Counselor
773.751.7649

Elizabeth Wilton, MA, LCPC
Primary School Counselor
773.681.8479