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.

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)


(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.

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