SEL is a process for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically.
SEL serves as an umbrella for many programs and initiative that serve to make youth feel safe and provide a positive learning environment. These include:
- Social-Emotional Learning.
- Character Education.
- Service Learning.
- Peer Mediation.
- Bullying Prevention.
- Anger Management.
- Drug/Alcohol Prevention.
- Violence Prevention.
- Ethical-Decision Making.
- Harassment Prevention.
- Positive Behavior Supports.
Sport psychology, positive psychology, cognitive-behavioral psychology are sciences that support the SEL teaching methodology.
The competencies attained by effective social-emotional learning programming include:
- recognizing and managing our emotions;
- developing caring and concern for others;
- establishing positive relationships;
- making responsible decisions; and
- handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
They, and the skills needed to reach these goals, allow children to calm themselves when angry, make long-lasting friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices.
SEL is a framework for school improvement by creating and maintaining a caring learning environments. Students learn better in a positive and safe school.
The most beneficial SEL programs are:
- sequential and developmentally appropriate instruction in SEL skills;
- implemented in a coordinated manner, schoolwide, from preschool through high school;
- reinforced in the classroom, during out-of-school activities, and at home;
- giving teachers ongoing professional development in SEL;
- uniting families and schools to work together to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic success.