SEL-ebrating Social and Emotional Learning through student art contest


To celebrate International SEL Day on March 27, Dallas ISD’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Department is hosting a student contest to collect examples of what social and emotional learning means to them.

Any K-12 Dallas ISD student is invited to enter the contest and use their favorite creative outlet to express their passion for social and emotional learning.

Students, or an adult on their behalf, can submit their creative piece through Google Form by Tuesday, March 24,. Winners will be announced on International SEL Day, March 27!

Contest Details

Students can submit a response to one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you, your family / friends, or school campus embody one of the five social and emotional learning competencies?
    • Self-Awareness
    • Self-Management
    • Responsible Decision-Making
    • Social Awareness
    • Relationship Skills
  • How do you show a growth mindset at home, school, or elsewhere?
  • What does empathy look and feel like to you?
  • How do you take care of yourself and others?
  • What makes you feel connected at school?
  • How has understanding someone else’s perspective helped you grow?

Submissions do not need to address all of the questions listed above, but participants are encouraged to choose at least one question to focus on and creatively express their response!

Potential avenues for expression:

  • Poetry or spoken word
  • Written essay
  • Drawing, painting, or other visual artwork
  • Video / audio file (under 1 minute)
    • Performance, skit, music, interview, etc.
  • Photograph / collage
  • Presentation

For questions, visit or contact Kevin Kerr at or 972-925-8951.

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