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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is SEL ?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is 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
  • Make responsible decisions
Why is SEL Necessary ?
  • Better academic performance: achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction
  • Improved attitudes and behaviors: greater motivation to learn, deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, and better classroom behavior;
  • Fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals; and
  • Reduced emotional distress: fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, and social withdrawal.
How can we implement SEL ?
  • From preschool right up through college, learning must be stretched to meet the needs
    and interests of the whole child.
  • For younger children, play is a vital part of their development and should be encouraged
    through curriculum that promotes active, and creative learning through imaginative play.
  • Educational curriculum through adolescence must include social-emotional
    learning so kids can develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills.
  • During high-school and into college, curriculum should promote the whole student through developing individual experiences, thoughts, feelings, and opinions.