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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in PWCS

Our Philosophy

In Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) we believe Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a fundamental part of education and human development. We are dedicated to creating a school division in which SEL is embedded in our educational practices and providing opportunities to enhance skills among our students, families, and staff. We support the Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) vision and mission:

"The vision of social emotional learning in Virginia is to maximize the potential of all students and staff to become responsible, caring and reflective members of our diverse society by advancing equity, uplifting student voice, and infusing SEL into every part of the school experience."

What We Do

PWCS implements a division wide program providing resources and support to create opportunities for both implicit and explicit social emotional learning. Each school has a designated SEL Coach dedicated to do the following:

  • Assist in incorporating SEL standards into school practices and curriculum;
  • Assist in building staff capacity to meet their own and student social and emotional needs;
  • Guide educators in developing and enhancing existing practices and tools to increase students' fundamental emotional and social competencies; and
  • Assist in implementation of school-wide programming to support positive climate and culture for both staff and students.

Contact Us:

Heather Wines | Supervisor, Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Erin Williams | Administrative Assistant

Chavonne Thomas | Administrative Coordinator, PWCS Heals

Shannon DiMisa | School Counselor on Special Assignment, PWCS Heals-Student Support Corps


PWCS School Counseling Services