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Social & Emotional Learning: A Vital Component for Students to Grow and Succeed

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial part of an educational environment where students feel safe and confident to explore, grow, and succeed. Research has shown an improvement in standardized test scores and an increase in academic achievement for students participating in an educational program that incorporates SEL. CASEL, a leading organization in the field of social and emotional learning, has identified five core competencies of SEL:

School Specialty is your partner in fostering social and emotional development with the tools that align to these five core competencies. We offer resources including literature, supplemental materials, on-demand webinars, and educational products to help you engage students in a transformative learning environment.


Self-Awareness

The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.

*Source: CASEL 2021

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Self-Management

The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation and agency to accomplish personal and collective goals.

*Source: CASEL 2021

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Social Awareness

The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

*Source: CASEL 2021

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Relationship Skills

The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed.

*Source: CASEL 2021

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Responsible Decision-Making

The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being.

*Source: CASEL 2021

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