What Is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an integral component of a child’s healthy development. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), “social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen and worker; and many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when […] efforts are used to develop students’s social and emotional skills.” Students who participate in SEL-focused programs tend to improve their social and emotional skills; attitudes about themselves, others, and school; social and classroom behavior; conduct problems; emotional distress; and academic achievement (CASEL, 2010).


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