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
● 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