What is SEL?

According to CASEL, the leading organization for the research and advancement of social and emotional competencies, SEL can be defined as:

“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.

(http://www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning)

Five Core Competencies

Every lesson in Empowering Education’s curriculum supports at least one of CASEL’s Five Core Competencies; taken as a whole our curriculum is a comprehensive foundation for all five competencies.

“CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
  • Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
  • Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.”(http://www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/core-competencies)

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(from CASEL.org)

In simple terms: SEL educates the heart, while traditional academic learning educates the head. The 21st Century model of educating “the whole child,” then, is the process of bringing these two together. Our curriculum is designed to support both the social-emotional and academic growth of your students.

K-2

  1. Coping Skills
  2. I-Statements
  3. Mindful Body
  4. Mindful Listening
  5. Solving Problems Peacefully
  6. Breathing Buddies
  7. Mindful Breathing
  8. Lizard-Wizard Brain
  9. Emotional Literacy
  10. Body Maps
  11. Gratitude
  12. Stretch and Grow Your Brain
  13. Growth Mindset
  14. Mindful Eating
  15. Mind in a Jar
  16. Setting Goals
  17. Kindness and Compassion
  18. Self Compassion
  19. Smart Choices
  20. Positive and Negative Self Talk
  21. Growing your Roots
  22. Active or Whole Body Listening
  23. Cooperation
  24. Small Steps to Reach Big Goals
  25. Fair vs. Equal
  26. Recognizing Bullying
  27. Mindful Friendships
  28. Saying Goodbye
  29. Mindful Coloring
  30. Taking Mindfulness with You

3-5

  1. I-Statements
  2. Mindful Body
  3. Mindful Listening
  4. Active Listening
  5. Conflict Resolution
  6. Breathing Basics
  7. Mindful Breathing
  8. Lizard Wizard
  9. Emotional Literacy & Mindfulness
  10. Mind and Matter
  11. Gratitude
  12. Neuroplasticity
  13. Mindset – Fixed v Growth
  14. Mindful Eating
  15. Coping Skills
  16. SMART Goals
  17. Compassion for Others
  18. Self Compassion
  19. Cognitive Triad
  20. Teflon and Velcro
  21. Dropping Your Anchor
  22. Thoughts, Mindfulness and Letting Go
  23. We’re All in This Together
  24. Progress Monitoring Goals
  25. Fairness and Equality
  26. Dealing with Bullying
  27. Social Justice
  28. Healthy Goodbyes
  29. Mindful Coloring
  30. Creating a Personal Power Phrase

6-8

  1. I-Statements
  2. Mindful Body
  3. Mindful Listening
  4. Active Listening in Conversations
  5. Conflict Resolution
  6. The Power of Deep Breathing
  7. Mindful Breathing
  8. The Adolescent Brain
  9. Emotional Literacy
  10. Mind-Body Connection
  11. Gratitude
  12. Neuroplasticity
  13. Mindset – Fixed v Growth
  14. Mindful Eating
  15. Coping Skills
  16. Goal Setting
  17. Meeting Injustice with Compassion
  18. Self Compassion
  19. Cognitive Triad
  20. Savoring Positive Experiences
  21. Flow State & Peak Experiences
  22. Thoughts, Mindfulness and Letting Go
  23. Team Building
  24. Growth Mindsets for Goal Setting
  25. Neurodiversity & Needs
  26. Take a Stand on Bullying
  27. Social Justice
  28. Healthy Goodbyes
  29. Mindful Coloring
  30. Create Your Own Mindfulness Practice

Benefits of SEL

CASEL describes the benefits of SEL as follows:

Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction demonstrated:

  • better academic performance: achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction;
  • improved attitudes and behaviors: greater motivation to learn, deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, and better classroom behavior;
  • fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals; and
  • reduced emotional distress: fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, and social withdrawal.”(http://www.casel.org/social-and-emotional-learning/outcomes/)

Beyond the direct emotional and academic benefits to your students, SEL is now accepted as a critical factor in economic outcomes on individual and societal levels. Traditionally, economic success and employability was strictly linked to increasing cognitive skills (intelligence) in education. Recent research in economics, psychology, neuroscience and education, however, all point to a more unified model of cognitive and non-cognitive skills. In other words, increasing social-emotional skills through effective SEL programming in schools will have a direct effect on graduates’ employability and earnings, as well as the overall economic strength of countries embracing policies that support effective SEL programming and reform.