Social Emotional Initiative

School sites employ a variety of strategies and interventions to help students cope with emotions, stress, and anxiety at school.  Some of the programs currently used throughout the district are: mindfulness, wellness rooms, small group support groups, therapeutic counseling, and Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum (K-8).

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices is about building community, restoring relationships and repairing harm. Healthy relationships are essential for happy, healthy students. And our restorative facilitators specialize not only in building positive relationships schoolwide, but also in helping students avoid conflicts and mend relationships when conflicts have arisen.

District and Schoolwide SEL Support

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Toolbox Project is a simple and practical metaphor directing children to the experience and awareness of 12 innate Tools that already exist inside them. Opening the door to authentic relationship to self and others, Toolbox Project naturally encourages social equity through empathy, understanding, and 12 skills or practices to navigate the complexities of everyday life. It’s a research-based, community-tested Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds and strengthens children’s inherent capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy for self and others through its curricula, methods, and strategies.

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Second Step® social-emotional learning (SEL) programs empower preschoolers, teens, and all ages in between to build skills for success. Second Step provides SEL throughout students’ developmental stages, and in both classroom and out-of-school time settings. In addition, our professional development program for educators brings the benefits of SEL to your staff and school culture, so everyone can thrive.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.

Mental Health and Wellness

As part of our LCAP, the district is committed to providing training for teachers to help students and promote a balanced and safe school environment. We have partnered with organizations within the community to provide training centered around trauma informed care and, at some sites, clinicians to provide counseling.

Wellness Rooms

Wellness rooms provide a safe place for students to experience and learn through their emotions in order to cultivate resilience, emotional intelligence and self-control despite educational and personal stressors. Wellness rooms are staffed with para educators which...

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Care Solace

We are pleased to announce our partnerships with Care Solace. Care Solace is a free mental health care coordination service, and has a database of mental health and substance use providers for every student, staff, and family member in need. We are pleased to be able to offer these wrap around services.

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School Site Counselors

Counseling and guidance are an integral part of each school’s total educational program. AUSD’s counseling program is based on the American School Counseling Association National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, which presents a model that helps prepare students for success in academic, career, and personal/social development. The counseling and guidance program helps students achieve their full potential through four program delivery components: School Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support.


Uses research-based and culturally relevant school-based intervention programs to guide students to make positive life choices both at school and in their community.

AUSD Mindfulness in the news

Take a look at Park Middle and Marsh Elementary transforming school culture with mindfulness.