Social Emotional Learning

Building a healthier, more equitable, and compassionate community

Emotions Count.

Emotions drive learning, relationships, health, creativity and decision-making.

A systemic approach to Social Emotional Learning intentionally cultivates a caring and equitable learning environment that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. This approach infuses social and emotional learning into every part of students’ daily lives—across all of their classrooms, during all times of the school day, and when they are in their homes and communities.

SEL is the process through which children 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. SEL is more than just a program or lesson. It is about how teaching and learning happens, as well as what you teach and where you learn. There are a variety of approaches used to teach SEL including:

• Free-standing lessons designed to enhance students' social and emotional competence explicitly.

• Teaching practices such as cooperative learning and project-based learning, which promote SEL.

• Integration of SEL and academic curriculum such as language arts, math, social studies, or health.

• Organizational strategies that promote SEL as a school-wide initiative that creates a climate and culture conducive to learning.


Permission to Feel

CASEL Board Member Dr. Marc Bracket discusses the importance of recognizing our emotions to self-awareness, relationships, development, and more.


What is Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) are the skills, mindsets and competencies that all people need to learn and live successfully as individuals and as members of communities.



Students develop social/emotional skills across five competencies:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self-Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

  • Responsible Decision-Making