Social Emotional Learning-LifeSkills

What is SEL-LifeSkills?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) 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.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities (CASEL, 2020).

Our Vision of SEL-BPS Strategic Plan

CORNERSTONE (page 6 of the BPS Strategic Plan)

"Students who receive support for social-emotional learning in schools do better academically, socially, and behaviorally. Developing these skills in our students is an important part of meeting the needs of the whole child. Due to the foundational support of this cornerstone to academic success, a specific objective, A3, is dedicated that addresses this cornerstone directly.

100% of schools will implement social-emotional learning by 2025."

SEL-LifeSkills Update flyer-final.pdf

Understanding SEL-LifeSkills

If passed, House Bill 7 will add language to F.S. 1003.42, Required Instruction, to include "Life Skills that build confidence, support mental and emotional health, and enable students to overcome challenges, including:

  1. Self-awareness and self-management

  2. Responsible decision-making

  3. Resiliency

  4. Relationship skills and conflict resolution

  5. Understanding and respecting other viewpoints and backgrounds


Self-awareness: The abilities to understand one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one's strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose. Examples of self-awareness include:

  • Identifying one's emotions

  • Integrating personal and social identities

  • Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets

  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity

  • Examining prejudices and biases

  • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts

  • Experiencing self-efficacy

  • Developing interests and a sense of purpose

  • Having a growth mindset


Self-management: The abilities to manage one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation and agency to accomplish personal/collective goals. Examples of self-management include:

  • Managing one's emotions

  • Identifying and using stress management strategies

  • Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation

  • Setting personal and collective goals

  • Using planning and organizational skills

  • Showing courage to take initiative

  • Demonstrating personal and collective agency

Understanding other viewpoints and backgrounds

"Social awareness": The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. Examples of social awareness include:

  • Taking others' perspectives

  • Recognizing strengths in others

  • Demonstrating empathy and compassion

  • Showing concern for the feelings of others

  • Understanding and expressing gratitude

  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

  • Recognizing situational demands and opportunities

  • Understanding the influences of organizations/systems on behavior

Relationship Skills

Relationship skills: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed. Examples of relationship skills include:

  • Communicating effectively

  • Developing positive relationships

  • Demonstrating cultural competency

  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem solving

  • Resolving conflicts constructively

  • Resisting negative social pressure

  • Showing leadership in groups

  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed

  • Standing up for the rights of others

Responsible Decision Making

Responsible decision-making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being. Examples of responsible decision-making include:

  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness

  • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems

  • Learning to make a reasoned judgement after analyzing information, data, facts

  • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one's actions

  • Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside and outside of school

  • Reflecting on one's role to promote personal, family, and community well-being

  • Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts