What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) & How Can it Impact School Wellness?


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According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), 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.

CASEL has developed a wheel that describes the SEL framework and how social and emotional learning can be integrated throughout classrooms, schools, homes and communities. According to CASEL, SEL can be integrated into instruction with reading, math, history, and other core subjects.

Why is SEL important? Studies have shown that programs that incorporate evidence based SEL strategies into their curriculum saw an 11% advantage in academic gains over schools that did not. Studies have also found that for every $1 spent on SEL, there is an $11 dollar return on investment.  Does your school have a SEL program? 

Learn more about the positive impacts that SEL can have in your schools and community here.

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