Tacoma Whole Child

The Whole Child wraps around Tacoma youth 24 hours every day- when they are home with families, during school, while participating in expanded learning opportunities and as they move about in their neighborhoods.  It takes all of us, working as a village, to ensure every student is safe, healthy, challenge, engaged and supported. In the school space we use the following eight Social Emotional Learning Pillars to support our students and staff.

Pillar 1: Signature Whole Child Practices

We have 3 Signature Whole Child Practices in Tacoma:

  • Warm Greetings - Educators and staff greet youth with enthusiasm, kindness, and care when they step onto the bus, walk into the building or enter a classroom- wherever they go, they are greeted with respect and warmth.
    Learn more about Warm Greetings
  • Relationship-building Circles - In our classrooms, clubs, and athletics, Group Circles support building community, empathy, and equitable storytelling.
    Learn more about the Group Circle
  • Emotion Checks -  Emotion checks offer an opportunity to identify what emotions are present in the moment and what is needed to regulate and understand how others feel. 
    Learn more about an Emotion Check-In

What Zone Are You In?

Blue zone

Sick
Sad
Tired 
Bored
Moving Slowly

Green zone

Happy
Calm
Feeling Okay
Focused
Ready to Learn

Yellow zone

Frustrated
Worried
Silly/Wiggly
Excited
Loss of Some Control

Red Zone

Mad/Angry
Mean
Yelling/Hitting
Disgusted
Out of Control


Learn about our other pillars:

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Sheridan Elementary student writing

Physical and Mental Wellness

Young girl with long pigtails playing outside.

Trauma-Sensitive Practices

older woman in pink jacket checks student in as teacher welcomes student into class

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

ProStart Class

Community

City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, Tacoma Schools