About EQ

Social & Emotional Skills

Social and emotional skills are an integral part of education and human development. This way of learning is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Social and emotional skills advance educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. Social and emotional skills can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

Social and emotional skills proactively help children and adults develop and practice the following competencies:

Social awareness (Empathy)
Relationship skills

Emotional Intelligence

Together, these skills form emotional intelligence—EQ, as opposed to IQ. These are the skills that children need in order to succeed personally, academically and one day professionally.