Why SEL?


What is Social and Emotional Learning?

“The process through which people learn to recognize and  manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and 
avoid negative behaviors. Such skills are critical components of the success of all schools.”

Elias, 2007


Research: SEL is a necessity.

With SEL, students perform better academically, and the educational community is more nourishing and vital.

Lack of SEL can result in students bringing disruption and anxiety to educational and social encounters, and in teachers being too depleted to model emotional wellness or to inspire.


Schools with an SEL focus
Show misbehavior incidents drop 28%, suspensions drop 44%, and positive student behaviors rise 63%.
Durlak and Weissberg, 2005


Students with SEL skills

Reduce emotional deficits linked to depression, eating  disorders, criminal conduct and substance abuse.
Merrell, 2008; Leon et al. 2005; Hawkins et al.,  2005

Improve academic  performance.
Durlak et  al., 2011; Durlak and Weissberg, 2005

Enhance prospects for college attendance,  employment,  civic participation and life-long health.
Bar-On, 2012; Hawkins et al., 2005; Cohen, 2006


Teachers with SEL skills

Improve teacher-student  relationships, which improves students’ social adjustment and academic  competence.
Jones, Bouffard, Weissbourd, 2013

Model SEL skills for students, and improve classroom organization and management.
Jones, Bouffard, Weissbourd, 2013

Are more likely to display higher job satisfaction.
Brackett, et al., 2010

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