Social Emotional Learning Skills
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social Emotional Learning (Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and) is the lifelong process of learning how to:
- develop a healthy identity
- manage emotions
- achieve goals
- show empathy
- have supportive relationships
- make responsible decisions
SEL Promotes Welcoming Schools
Seattle Public Schools supports Social Emotional Learning as a part of our effort to create welcoming schools, especially for students furthest from educational justice.
- We want all students to feel valued, welcomed, and safe in school so they are more likely to participate, stay in school and learn.
- When educators create positive relationships with students and families, our young people experience more academic success.
- Our schools strive to meet students’ cultural, social, emotional, and behavioral needs so they feel a sense of belonging and well-being.
SEL Starts at Home
Families are a child’s first teachers. As children grow, parents and families continue to support the social emotional lives of their children in the home.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and continues at school. School is another environment that offers opportunities to learn about emotions, show empathy for others, and contribute to the community.
Why focus on Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and at school? When students feel connected to their teachers, peers, and school, the learning networks in their brain become stronger. Emotions and relationships can either motivate students to engage in learning, or, if unmanaged, interfere with learning, memory, and positive behaviors. Decades of research tells us that social emotional skills are critical to both academic learning and to the competencies our children will need to be successful in career and civic life. Children’s social emotional development is best supported when parents and families, schools, and community partners all work together.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and continues in the community. Community institutions play an essential role in supporting healthy child development and in allowing student learning to continue across the many settings in which children learn.
Everyday SEL at Home
It’s normal to respond to the challenges of this time with a range of feelings and needs. We hope the 3 simple tips below might help create daily routines for supporting your household’s wellness.
SEL at School
Social emotional skills are modeled, taught, and practiced throughout the school day through four approaches:
- Creating Safe and Welcoming Climates
- Classroom Practices that Foster Equity and Belonging
- Instructional Practices that Weave Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and into Academics
- Stand-Alone Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and Skills Lessons
Social Emotional Skills
We focus on the six Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and Skills identified by WA Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, including:
Identify one’s emotions, personal assets, areas for growth, and potential external resources and supports
Regulating emotions, thoughts, and behaviors
Motivating oneself to persevere, and see oneself as capable
- Social Awareness
Taking the perspective of and empathizing with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Social Management
Making safe and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions
- Social Engagement
Considering others and showing a desire to contribute to the well-being of school and community
We use a number of programs to support Social Emotional Learning, including: