Social Worker

School Social Workers are partners in the education process. Their role is to assist students, parents, and school staff to identify needs that interfere with learning, as well as provide support to help resolve social, emotional and behavioral challenges.

In grades K-8, the Second Step Program is used in all classrooms to directly teach social emotional skills. The Review 360 is a screener used when necessary to identify an individual student's behavioral and emotional needs.

Services Provided

  • Social Skills Interventions (group or individual)
  • Collaboration and consultation with staff and parents
  • Social/Emotional Learning and activities in school
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to Community Resources.

What is Social Emotional Learning?

CASEL defines Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as "

...the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."

Social Emotional Learning Standards

Lisle 202 supports social emotional learning to increase student achievement. There are three social-emotional standards integrated throughout all learning areas:

  1. Develop self-awareness & self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
  2. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
  3. Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.

Illinois Social/Emotional Learning Standards Information

Interventions at LJHS


The Second-Step program is an evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum used to provide universal social emotional learning. The research-based lessons are designed to reinforce all student's empathy, emotion-management, and problem solving students. This program is used in classrooms at K-8 grade in Lisle 202. At LJHS, students receive this instruction during their homeroom every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year.

Coping Skills Groups

Coping Skills Groups are for students in need of learning coping skills due to uncomfortable emotions experienced at school. Students learn thinking errors, cognitive restructuring, and other relaxation strategies. Examples of curriculum resources used are: Strong Kids, Coping Cat

Social Skills Groups

Social skills groups are designed for students in need of knowledge and practice pertaining to social skills. Often, the speech pathologist and social worker facilitate these groups together. Work within these groups are often based on social thinking curriculum aligned with Michelle Garcia Winner's work. Examples of curriculum resources used are: Thinking about You; Thinking About Me; Movie Time Social Learning, and Navigating the Social World

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is available for students who need individualized intervention due to their significant difficulty coping or making healthy decisions in the school environment

Parent's Guide to Utilizing the School Social Worker

If you have any of the following concerns (please do not feel limited to the list below) about your son or daughter, you may want to reach out to your social worker.

  1. Doesn't want to come to school
  2. Struggles from test anxiety
  3. Upset often about friends (more than age appropriate)
  4. Anger outbursts that are not age appropriate
  5. Makes poor decisions
  6. You notice a change in your child (eating habits, disengaged from activities he/she used to enjoy)
  7. Death in the family
  8. In need of helpful strategies to utilize at home
  9. In need of a community resource


Lauren Malcolm

Titles: Social Worker
Locations: Lisle Junior High
Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8219