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Social and Emotional Learning

by Marion on June 14th, 2016

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which individuals 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.

CASEL, in the USA (see descriptor below), is undertaking research on how SEL can help students be more successful at school. The SEL theory and approaches can be easily translated to after school, formal sports/recreation and/or drop in programs for youth.

Here is some general information on SEL.

And, here are some frequently asked questions about SEL.

Of particular interest are the five Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies, and the outcomes for youth when programs are developed and which integrate activities and approaches that support the Core Competencies.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.

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