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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social emotional learning allows children to gain skills that will help them succeed in the future. Through SEL, educators can teach kids to set goals, manage their emotions and show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and build decision making skills that reflect resposibility. Promoting positive behavior and encouraging social emotional learning and youth character development is important for student growth.





5 Core Competencies of SEL

SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.




The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

Understanding your emotions and thoughts and how they influence your behavior.
Skills include: identifying emotions, self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

Self-efficacy is the belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplishment of a task. 




The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

The ability to regulate your emotions and behaviors in different situations and to set and work toward goals.
Skills include: executive function and self-regulation, stress-management, and self-discipline.

Executive function and self-regulation are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Our brains need this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses. 

Social Awareness


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

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others.
Skills include: empathy, appreciating differences, and respect.

Relationship Skills


The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and meaningful relationships with others.
Skills include: communicating clearly, listening, cooperation, resisting negative pressure, resolving conflicts, and supporting one another.

Responsible Decision-Making


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

The ability to make positive choices and take responsibility for positive and negative outcomes.
Skills include: identifying problems, analyzing situations, solving problems, and reflection.




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