What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social 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, and make responsible decisions.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, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students' social and emotional skills.This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school.- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
The Social Emotional Learning Unit
The Social Emotional Learning Unit works to increase awareness of the importance of social emotional learning and supports teachers' efficacy in developing SEL competencies in themselves and their students.
The SEL unit provides professional development and access to an evidence-based curriculum to support direct instruction and integrated lessons for all content areas and grade levels. We prioritize SEL competencies to build teacher efficacy in teaching explicit SEL curricula for students.
The Social Emotional Learning Unit works to provide support for the implementation of SEL Tier 1 Instruction. See the model of Tier 1 instruction. To learn more about SEL competencies, district-approved SEL programs, the SEL professional development we offer, and examples of SEL-integrated content lessons, visit our Educators section.