SEL & 7 Mindsets
DPS Alternative Education focuses on social-emotional learning, or SEL, which develops self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. Research shows that students who receive SEL instruction for at least five months show significant improvements in behavior, attendance, achievement, and social qualities such as resilience and grit.
DPS Alternative Education utilizes a framework called 7 Mindsets to help students become more effective decision-makers, connect with others, improve self-awareness and perseverance, and many other prosocial characteristics. Students and teachers use a common language, focusing on building skills that will help them perform better academically and forge more substantial relationships in life.