Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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I value spending time with young people, collaborating with them to develop the necessary skills to fulfill their potential.

Lansine comes to EBIA from Breakthrough Oakland, where he served as the director of this academic program that supports under-resourced, highly motivated middle-school students on the path to college.   Previously, he taught and served as assistant principal at Saint Peter Claver Catholic School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and worked as a mentor and teacher for at-risk youth at several organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Lansine has a B.A. in History and African American Studies from Marquette University and is beginning a Master’s program in Counseling at the University of San Francisco in fall, 2015. In his free time, Lansine likes to work out, spend time with his wife and explore the Bay Area’s sights and food scene. Lansine Toure, Director of Equity and Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program

In order to best prepare students to be citizens of a 21st century interconnected world, they will have to be proficient in both academic skills and content, as well as the social-emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

EBIA recognizes that the developments of student’s social and emotional skills are as important to their future success and happiness as their academic skills. EBIA graduates will need both sets of skills to be able to truly thrive. As such, SEL skills will be woven into almost every aspect of life at EBIA. EBIA will approach the development of social-emotional skills, using both student- centered and environment-focused approaches.  These skills, referred to as our Innovator Norms, include: perseverance, curiosity, kindness, respect, conscientiousness, citizenship and leadership. 

Personal Learning Plan

The personalized learning plan is the document at the heart of the EBIA advisory program. The PLP document is the product of a goal setting process that each EBIA student is coached through by his/her advisor. Each fall the advisor, student, and student’s parents meet to develop the document. The PLP document starts with the end in mind: students and their family start in 6th grade by discussing and setting goals for what type of life they envision for themselves. What type of job? Where are they going to live? What qualities will they be known for? How will they give back to the world? How will they support their community? From these questions, possible colleges are chosen, and then goals are set that need to be met in order to attend those colleges. Goals are then backwards planned to “what does your weekly schedule in 6th grade need to look like in order to obtain this kind of life?”

The PLP also pushes the student and family to set goals around social emotional learning, character strength development, healthy living, and family relationships. The PLP document becomes a living document that is constantly re-visited by students, advisors, faculty, and family.

Supporting your student


Lansine Toure, EBIA's Director of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), will be posting articles that will help parents understand EBIA's SEL program and its importance for our students. This article is a nice introduction to better understanding Social Emotional Learning....

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