Social/Emotional Services


Social/Emotional Continuum

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.

SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills. This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school.

Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies

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

SEL Compentencies Wheel