Developing the whole student is the key to creating schools where students feel safe and supported. Social-emotional learning supports provided by school counselors and life coaches during out-of-school times provide the support necessary for students to engage in meaningful self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness which leads to better relationship skills and decision-making processes.
Current research is emphasizing social-emotional learning that aligns social and emotional development with academic learning. This effort has been backed by a growing body of evidence that shows effective implementation of social-emotional learning results in more positive outcomes for young people.
In addition, a coalition on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention was established during the 2021-2022 school year to review current practices and make recommendations for updates on existing guidelines. The Suicide Prevention Coalition, composed of members from Dubuque Community Schools and the Dubuque community, contributed to the creation of a comprehensive program for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention (linked below).