What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults learn 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. (Excerpt taken from casel.org)

Most schools have been teaching SEL for years. However, over the past 10 years the focus has been to teach these skills in an effort to prevent or remediate early social emotional issues. Most schools are working to build a system in which SEL can be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught. We believe that SEL does not happen in isolation but is built through years of direct instruction and reinforcement.

Key Social Emotional Learning Areas

Creating Social Emotional Learning program at your school or district:

Creating a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Social Emotional Learning can seem like a daunting task. However, there is more research every day for the teaching of social emotional skills to help prevent and/or treat mental health and behavior issues at school. It is something that is important to build into your classroom, school, and district level planning.

Sample MTSS Framework

Universal-Goal is to prevent and present a common language across grade levels and school.
Examples: Second Step® at K-8 grades
School Connect or Advisory Curriculum 9-12

Targeted-Goal is to prevent and/or remediate mental health or behavior issues.
Examples:  Check in-Check Out
Problem Based Small Groups (Coping Skills, Anger Management, Executive Functioning, Divorce, Grief, etc.)

Intensive-Goal is to remediate or lessen the impact of mental health or behavior issues.
Examples: Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Zones of Regulation®
The Incredible 5-Point Scale®

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