Promoting Inclusion, Well-being, and Academic Success in the Early Grades through Social and Emotional Learning

Timaree Wallace

Supervisor: Dr. Wendy Klassen

City: Vernon

Occupation: Teacher

Year: 2022


  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Mindfulness and Wellbeing


The purpose of the paper is to develop an understanding on how SEL can be used to foster inclusion in the early elementary grades. The first section of the paper reviews the literature on SEL. According to CASEL (2022), SEL can be split into five competencies: Self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. A great deal of research has found that teaching with these skills in mind can benefit student well-being and academic success, short and long term. The last section of the paper gives teachers practical tips on how to promote an inclusive environment that is good for student well-being and encourages academic success.

Student Biography

I was born and raised in Vernon and am lucky to call the Okanagan territory my home. When I am not teaching, I like to stay active with friends, family, and my two amazing kids, Carter and Ciera. I am always up for a challenge so in recent years I have enjoyed conquering some big goals including getting my Masters, training for marathons, triathalons, and swimming across the lake. Anything is possible with the right attitude and effort!