Social-Emotional Education

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, and make responsible decisions.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

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5 Components of SEL
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making
(Adapted from: "5 Core Competencies Taught Across Diverse Settings" CASEL, 2017. Web. 27 June 2017.)

Research Based Evidence on the Impact of SEL Programs
  • Improvement in social-emotional skills
  • Improvement in positive attitudes
  • Increase in prosocial classroom behavior
  • 11% point gain on standardized achievement tests
  • Fewer conduct problems
  • Reduced emotional distress

(Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, K. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82, 405-432.)


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