What Is SEL and Why Is It Important?

SEL, social emotional learning, ”is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Besides the obvious benefits in a world where parents throw punches on the soccer field and employees and students solve their problems with guns, SEL has some other very important outcomes: Students participating in SEL programs experience less depression, anxiety, stress and aggressive behavior.  They better understand their emotions and others’.  They increase their abilities to solve problems and  get along with people.   Their attitudes towards school improves as does the overall school environment. 

For long term outcomes,  fewer students are likely to drop out of school, commit crimes, live below he poverty line, and more likely to attend college, find jobs and contribute to society.

What are the benefits for teachers, they spend less time dealing with behavioral problems and more time helping students learn.

Wouldn’t it be great if more schools had SEL programs?   

Does your child’s school?

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