Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning?

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (, 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, and make responsible decisions.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies


The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

  • Identifying Emotions
  • Accurate Self-Perception
  • Recognizing Strengths
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Efficacy

Social Awareness

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school and community resources and supports.

  • Perspective-Taking
  • Empathy
  • Appreciating Diversity
  • Respect for Others

Responsible Decision-Making

The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions base on ethical standards, safety concerns and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

  • Identifying Problems
  • Analyzing Situations
  • Solving Problems
  • Evaluating
  • Reflecting
  • Ethical Responsibility




The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward person and academic goals.

  • Impulse Control
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Discipline
  • Self-Motivation
  • Goal Setting
  • Organizational Skills

Relationship Skills

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively and seek and offer help when needed.

  • Communication
  • Social Engagement
  • Relationship Building
  • Teamwork

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness means non-judgmental awareness. I direct knowing of what is going on inside and outside of ourselves, moment by moment. Simply stated, the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose. Mindful practices give learners tools to be present – be in the moment without fear, shame, or judgement of self or others. Mindfulness for children can help improve their ability to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.

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