What is Social-Emotional Learning?

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), "Social and emotional learning (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 CASEL model is widely accepted and is identified by five competencies.  The CASEL Guide (PDF) provides an excellent overview.

SEL Overview


What is Engagement?

"Engagement is a complex construct consisting of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional components "(Christensen, Reschly, & Wylie, 2012; Fredricks, Blumenfeld & Paris, 2004; Skinner & Belmont, 1993).

Most research identifies academic engagement as on-task and on-schedule behavior:

(Agran et al., 2005; Bryan & Gast, 2000; Carnahan, Musti-Rao, & Bailey, 2009; Hollingshead, Carnahan, Lowrey, & Snyder, 2017; Holifield, Goodman, Hazelkom, & Heflin, 2010; Pelios, MacDuff, & Axelrod, 2003)