What is Social 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. 1
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is an organization advancing the promotion of integrated SEL for all children in preschool through high school.
Five Core Competency Areas
CASEL has identified 5 Core Competency Areas that can help prepare students for success:2
- Self-Awareness: Understanding one’s emotions and thoughts
- Self-Management: Handling one’s emotions and thoughts
- Social Awareness: Understanding and empathizing with others, including those with different backgrounds and cultures
- Relationship Skills: Working with and supporting others
- Responsible Decision Making: Using critical thinking skills to make sound decisions
Resources for Teachers and Administrators
Check out these additional resources to learn more about the CASEL SEL framework and how to implement this in your school:
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Framework
Massachusetts Department of Education Social Emotional Learning
Resources for Families
Check out these additional resources to learn more about supporting and developing your child’s social emotional skills:
Alliance for a Healthier Generation: 5 Ways to Foster Social-Emotional Skills
Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Supporting Healthy Equity at Home
- U.S. Department of Education. Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2016. https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/files/policy-statement-on-family-engagement.pdf. Accessed April 8, 2021.
- What is SEL? (2021). Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning website. https://casel.org/what-is-sel/. Accessed April 8, 2021.