Social Emotional Learning and Development Department (SELD)

520-225-6211 | 1010 E. Tenth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 | Map (

SELD Announcements
CharacterStrong Secondary Implementation Video
See how many of our middle and high schools are doing an amazing job of implementing CharacterStrong at their sites!
OMA provides Arts/SEL Lesson Plans

We partnered with AZDE to show how the Arts and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) inspire students.  Please share our videos and lesson plans!

About Us
Social Emotional Learning and Development Department

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions

Julie Shivanonda

What is Social Emotional Learning and why is it important in schools? 

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Social Emotional Learning and Development Department is to establish a culture and climate for students, families, and staff that supports and nurtures relationships, self-awareness, inclusion, and resilience.

We cultivate relationships and a sense of belonging within our diverse community by embracing empathy and shared decision-making, and by building a culture of trust where learners can grow and flourish in safe environments.


  • Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • Social Emotional Learning Framework Implementation Support


  • Director – Julie Shivanonda
    • Professional Development Academic Trainer - BJ Madsen
  • Administrative Assistant – Beth Counts
  • School Counseling Program Coordinators
    • Vanessa Aguayo – Elementary/K8
    • Rebecca Carrier – Middle/High School
Index of Resources
Please find a list of all pages and documents on our department site listed alphabetically.