Social-Emotional Learning

(SEL & States of Mind)

“You have to Maslow before you can Bloom"

What Is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success and 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.

Well-implemented SEL programs positively affect students’ success in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills—such as problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy—help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create positive classroom climates.

Social-emotional skills also help children successfully manage everyday life. They help students focus, make good decisions, and become supportive members of their community well beyond school.

**SEL Research: List of Articles; How SEL Helps Children Succeed; The Case for a Holistic Approach to SEL


Source: Committee For Children & CASEL Website

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Five SEL Competencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies (see more about CASEL below). The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:

Self-Awareness

  • 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."

Self-Management

  • 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 personal and academic goals.

Decision-Making

  • The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based 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.

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.

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.


Source: Empowering Education Website

What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

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What Is Social-Emotional Learning

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What is SEL

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Five Myths About SEL

What is Social & Emotional Learning

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In this podcast from the National PTA Website Karen Van Ausdal talks about Social and Emotional Learning. She discusses what life skills do children need to thrive? There’s a lot of learning happening in schools that goes beyond academics. Karen shares what Social and Emotional Learning looks like, why it’s important and how families can support.

Alexis Shepard writes about the practice of using wellness checks as a social emotional learning tool. “You have to Maslow before you can Bloom,” the saying goes.

One of the most important things teachers can do to support students’ social emotional health is cultivate a climate of wellness within the classroom. A climate of wellness is an environment in which students feel that their presence, voices, and opinions matter.

If you’re an educator, especially in the K12 setting, then you likely understand and believe in the significance of social emotional learning (SEL). Social emotional learning informs students’ self-esteem, their interactions with their peers, and relationships with their teachers. Students come to school from diverse backgrounds with their own individual traumas. It’s important to ensure that they feel safe and valued within the classroom.

Connecting Emotional and Social Well-Being with an Academic Mindset

With Dr. Dr. Bena Kallick and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacob

This podcast helps to answer how can we help our students with social and emotional learning as we concurrently build their academic mindset? Based on decades of implementation throughout the world, the Habits of Mind, a set of 16 dispositions for efficacious thinking, lift the lives of learners as it shifts a school’s culture. The Habits, when started in the early years, grow and become a compass for everyone in the school community to be thoughtful-full of thought and sensitive and caring.

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CASEL

(Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

The CASEL website is full of SEL fundamentals, implementation strategies and resources.

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CASEL Website Links

The Five Social and Emotional Competencies

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The CASEL Framework (Wheel)Source: CASEL Website

Children As Leaders

"Children are Leaders", developed by CASEL and supported by The Allstate Foundation, provides SEL conversation guidance to help children build on their interests and strengths. This guidance is organized by grade bands with the hope that it will inspire rich discussions to help children to see how they can lead. Also check out SEL Guidance: Leading Today for Tomorrow

SEL Videos for Children

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The following are lists of SEL videos for elementary students.

SEL Resources

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Back to School SEL Activities

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Texas Computer Education Association (tcea) has shared a plethora of SEL related activities/ideas that you could use at the beginning or throughout the school year. You will find activities for Icebreakers, Bellringers, Leadership, Library, STEM, SEL, Templates, Tools, Ideas to Try, Coaching and much more.

The Grow Kinder SEL Podcast

Notes From the Backpack Podcast

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