Focus Areas

What is SEL?

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults 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.”

– The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Learn more about how social and emotional learning can work at your school or program.

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SEL and School Climate

Improving school climate can sometimes be an afterthought, but it is an integral piece of a successful school. It takes inspired, engaged teachers to ensure students thrive. It takes a safe and supportive environment to nurture student growth. And it takes strong social and emotional skills for students to be positive and engaged participants in their learning environment.

Learn how social and emotional learning can support a healthy climate and culture at your school or program.

SEL Implementation

A recent CASEL report revealed that while nearly all school leaders recognize the importance of SEL and are invested in teaching these critical competencies, schools generally need more support, guidance, and training to create effective SEL programs.

We heard you loud and clear! We’ve pulled together helpful information to guide you through the SEL implementation process.

Learn how to build a strong SEL program in your school, and start reaping the benefits of SEL!

SEL and Behavioral Infractions

What if you could significantly reduce behavioral issues at your school? Even better—what if you could identify students at a higher risk of committing infractions before they occurred and prevent them from happening in the first place? Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been proven as an effective way to help improve student behavior, saving teachers and administrators time and stress.

Learn more about how SEL can help you improve student behavior.

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Chronic Absenteeism

Students need to attend school in order to learn. When students are chronically absent, they are at increased risk of academic failure, dropping out, and even criminal behavior. Millions of students are chronically absent each year — a problem faced in all 50 states.

Building a positive school culture and promoting social and emotional learning (SEL) is a proven way to keep students in school and learning. Looking for resources to combat chronic absenteeism at your school? You can find them here.

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SEL and the Achievement Gap

Research shows that students of color (especially African-American students) receive significantly higher rates of disciplinary action. This can have lasting effects on students and may impact their future education, employment, and income. As education professionals, we have a responsibility to implement equitable practices in schools and communities and ensure that all students are treated fairly — no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, family income, disability, cultural background, or religious affiliation. Read More.

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Promoting positive student behavior is one of the most important parts of developing a happy and healthy school climate for students, staff, and families. School-wide PBIS initiatives are excellent launching points for the development of successful social and emotional learning (SEL) programs.

The inclusive and all-encompassing nature of school-wide PBIS aligns well with the goals of SEL programs and support structures can easily be built to address the fidelity of both programs because of their complementary features. Read More.

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