Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic and Social Learning), an organization based at the University of Illinois, defines Social Emotional Learning 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 positive decisions."
Research shows that SEL improves academic performance, graduation rates, relationships, and average wages while decreasing behavior issues and mental health problems. Additionally, 8 in 10 employers say SEL skills are the most important to success and yet are the hardest to find.
What does SEL cover?
The CASEL 5 SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making promote knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support lifelong success and advance educational equity and excellence. Click on the links below to see how each competency forms the development of your child.
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Responsible Decision Making
Self-awareness: The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.
Self-management is the ability to prioritize goals, decide what must be done, and be accountable to complete the necessary actions. ... In the future, the need for quality self-management will increase, as more work will be done remotely, requiring leaders and employees to possess this valuable competency.
A heightened level of self-awareness can help children and adults:
- Manage responses to emotions by understanding them
- Use their understanding of emotions to direct and control behavior.
- Guide and direct their actions and behaviors towards positive outcomes
- Act intentionally rather than reactively
Responsible decision-making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being. Such as:
- Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness
- Learning how to make a reasoned judgment after analyzing information, data, and facts
- Identifying solutions for personal and social problems
- Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions
- Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside and outside of school
- Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family, and community well-being
- Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts
Relationship skills: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed. Such as:
Social awareness: The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. Such as: