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
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Alliance on Mental Illness NH
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
New Hampshire Family Voices Lending Library
Bureau of Student Wellness: NH DOE
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration