Social and Emotional Learning
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Toggle between a student’s behavior plan and SEL Skills Plan with one click.
The Social and Emotional Skills Plan allows you to create and browse student specific goals, objectives, and activities. It also offers a “Skills Assessment” tool that can help you to select appropriate objectives. All components of the student plan are broken into one of eight developmental areas, indicated by the red icon.
View an overview of the Eight Development Areas here!
What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?
We define social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL 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.
SEL advances 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. SEL 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.
The CASEL SEL framework
For many, our framework is known as the “CASEL wheel.” At the center are the five core social and emotional competencies—broad, interrelated areas that support learning and development. Circling them are four key settings where students live and grow. School-family-community partnerships coordinate SEL practices and establish equitable learning environments across all of these contexts.
Explore the CASEL Framework
The Benefits of SEL – Explore the Research
SEL leads to improved academic outcomes and behaviors.
When students have supportive relationships and opportunities to develop and practice social, emotional, and cognitive skills across many different contexts, academic learning accelerates. Hundreds of studies offer consistent evidence that SEL bolsters academic performance.
Results from a landmark meta-analysis that looked across 213 studies involving more than 270,000 students found that:
◉ SEL interventions that address the five core competencies increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points, compared to students who did not participate.
◉ Students participating in SEL programs showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.
◉ Additional meta-analyses echoed these findings. Consistency across independent research teams offers strong support that well-implemented SEL programs are beneficial.
What does this mean?
About 27% more students would improve their academic performance at the end of the program and 24% more would have improved social behaviors and lower levels of distress.
Read the 2011 meta-analysis. (Durlak et al., 2011)
Read a summary of the four major meta-analyses on SEL.
More recently, a 2021 systematic review found that universal SEL interventions enhance young people’s social and emotional skills and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in the short term. In comparison, other approaches have produced inconsistent results (mindfulness interventions) or limited evidence of impact (positive youth development interventions).
Read the 2021 report from the Early Intervention Foundation.
SEL benefits are long-term and global
Subsequent analyses spoke to the long-term effects of SEL implementation as well as SEL’s effectiveness in diverse cultural contexts.
◉ Measured a positive correlation between strong social emotional assets (measured at the end of intervention) and higher levels of well-being up to 18 years later. (Taylor et al., 2017)
Effectiveness across cultural contexts:
◉ An SEL approach was consistently effective with all demographic groups both inside and outside the United States. This supports the idea that social and emotional assets promoted in SEL can support the positive development of students from diverse family backgrounds and geographic contexts. (Taylor et al., 2017)
◉ SEL interventions show the largest effect size when the intervention is designed with a specific context or culture in mind. This supports the idea that SEL is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ intervention. (Wiglesworth et al., 2016)
Read the 2017 meta-analysis of 82 research studies involving 100,000 students worldwide.
Social and emotional skills help improve lifetime outcomes
In addition to the long-term outcomes articulated above, there are statistically significant associations between social and emotional skills in kindergarten and key outcomes for young adults years later. Specifically, early social and emotional skills development helped to reduce societal costs required for public assistance, public housing, police involvement, and detention.
Read the 2015 national study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
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