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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) 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.”

Five Competencies of SEL

  • Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset”
  • Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals
  • Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed
  • Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms

Adapted by “What Is SEL?” The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning


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