What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy and just communities.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (www.casel.org)

 

Find out more about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning at the following sites:

 

 

Tools for educators, parents, and caregivers:

 

  • SEL Newsletters: Seven newsletters each with a different SEL theme
  • Peacemaker Resources YouTube Channel: numerous videos demonstrating SEL lessons and skills for children and adults
  • Kid’s SEL Activities: Listing of various websites for Pre-K-6th grade students
  • Family Resources: A number of website links for parents and caregivers with SEL resources, discipline/guidance, and technology usage for children.
  • SEL at Home: Ten ways to strengthen SEL Skills at home.
  • Virtual Calming Room: Numerous resources to help adults and children find a place of calm.
  • SEL for Parents: Video to inform parents on SEL in schools and provide them with insights on SEL in their own parenting practices in order to support their children’s social and emotional. 

 

SEL Resources for Teens 

 

  • Change to Chill: Information on stress and resilience – videos, activities, and lesson plans.
  • We are Teachers: Numerous resources for teachers to teach SEL skills.

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