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FAQ about Social-Emotional Learning:

What is the importance of social-emotional learning?

Both students and educators benefit from a learning environment that is welcoming, supportive and safe for everyone. Social-emotional learning helps students understand their emotions, cope with stress and develop empathy for others who are different from themselves. Regulating emotions and relating to other perspectives helps students achieve their full potential and forge healthy relationships.

Why is SEL on the rise?

As modern society becomes more diverse and education expands from the classroom into remote and homeschool environments, the need for social-emotional learning has increased. More and more research indicates that SEL increases academic performance and improves social behavior in or outside of the classroom. They are Life Long Skills and Skills for Lasting Success!

What are examples of social and emotional development activities?

Keeping a mindfulness journal, exploring global cuisines and discussing strategies for coping with frustration in a group are all examples of social and emotional development activities.

How can I incorporate social emotional learning into my classroom or curriculum?

Group activities can foster empathy and effective communication skills. Consistent modeling of emotion regulation and respectful communication by adults shows students how to behave productively. Lessons on various cultures promotes a sense of belonging in a diverse world.

How does social emotional learning benefit students?

Research has shown that students with strong social-emotional competencies exhibit higher academic performance, but they also excel outside the classroom. Long-term benefits include lower risks of depression, reliance on public housing or assistance, and involvement with law enforcement alongside higher tendencies to contribute to healthy, safe and just communities.

What are social-emotional learning skills?

The five most basic social-emotional learning skills are:

  • Self-awareness - identifying one's emotions and feelings
  • Self-management - coping with stress and separation anxiety, organizing one's obligations, etc.
  • Social awareness - Empathy, compassion, understanding other perspectives
  • Effective relationships - Communication, collaboration, conflict resolution
  • Responsible decision-making - Understanding consequences for behavioral choices

What is the CASEL framework?

The CASEL framework from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning is a great foundation for incorporating social-emotional learning into classrooms, homes and communities. It involves age-appropriate strategies for social-emotional learning at all levels that can lead to academic success, better mental and physical health, higher civic engagement and more fulfilling careers.