What is SEL?

What is social and emotional learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a positive youth development framework that refers to the building of skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and handle interpersonal situations effectively. These capabilities are critical foundations for academic learning and for a person’s long-term personal and professional success.

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SEL Competencies Defined by Our Students


What are the benefits of SEL?

These skills give youth and adults the framework to:

  • cope with anger and stress
  • recognize their own and others’ emotions and how to handle them without violence
  • express emotions appropriately
  • lessen power struggles and resolve conflicts constructively and collaboratively
  • solve their own problems
  • give positive feedback to others
  • critically think and make good decisions and choices
  • develop effective listening and communication skills
  • dialogue rather than debate with others
  • act according to their values, not their emotions

What can you do to help?

In addition to spreading the word about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), we invite you to become a part of the movement by contributing today. Your support helps us continue and expand out programming to reach more teachers and students. Together, we can teach kids to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions, while preparing them for their future!