What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) involves the processes of developing social and emotional competencies in children. SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful; social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student and individual. Many different risky behaviors (e.g. drug use, violence, bullying and school dropout) can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts develop students’ social and emotional skills.
SEL is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies: Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making.
While there are many curriculums based on the CASEL competencies, common SEL programs in SJUSD include: Second Step, Class Meetings that Matter, Safe School Ambassadors and Strong Kids/Teens. Additional SEL programs supported by the district can be located in the SJUSD Menu of Academic, Behavioral and Social-Emotional Supports.
For more information and resources on Social Emotional Learning, please visit the CASELs website at: https://casel.org/