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Social-Emotional Learning

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) involves teaching and facilitating skills that students and adults need to be successful at home, at school, in the workplace, in life. When students and adults have social and emotional skills they are self and socially aware, and have the ability to manage themselves both independently and while interacting with others: They can listen to perspectives of others, use positive communication, be aware of cultural issues and differences, set and achieve goals, and take personal responsibility for their learning.


SEL becomes a habit of practice when students, adults, and the entire school community remember that we use our SEL skills all day long.   Research and literature on effective social and emotional learning identifies four conditions for learning in which SEL skills are learned (CASEL, ASD)

Conditions For Learning: 

A set of four research-proven components necessary for student learning to be maximized. The four conditions are:

  1. A caring environment where students are connected to others in learning
  2. Social-emotional instruction, promotion, and support (direct instruction) 
  3. Positive behavioral interventions and supports
  4. Engaged instruction using high academic standards and inclusive supports for all
Parent Tools for SEL
Article from New York Times Regarding Emotional Intelligence