Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is Social Emotional Learning and why does it matter?

Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional
connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.
SEL skills include the ability to:

  •  set and achieve positive goals
  •  feel and show empathy for others
  •  establish and maintain positive relationships
  •  make responsible decisions
  •  understand and manage emotions

All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.

Below are some recommended resources. Should you have questions or want additional information, check out the Afterschool Zone main page or Contact Us.

SEL Video of the Month
Check out the below YouTube video about SEL

as well as Fostering Belonging With Classroom Norms and The Power of Relationships in Schools videos.

Don't forget Edutopia provides excellent videos, curriculums, and classroom best practices on their YouTube channel and their website.

The resources that follow provide a range of SEL options for educators, administrators, other school leaders, and families/guardians to utilize as they support their students—and themselves—during this time of learning remotely. 

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Self-Care At-Home *NEWLY ADDED* California Dept. of Ed. Teaching Enhancements Emotions Other Resources


Self-care is just as important as caring for those you are responsible. Ensure to carve a bit of time out of your busy day to ensure your individual social and emotional needs are being met. This is for all teachers, parents, and caregivers.


At-Home SEL is just as important as school or community SEL. Essentially, this tab provides resources to chew on and should the situation arise, give you the tools you need to help your home get back on the right path.

  • Confident Parents Confident Kids is a blog that provides unique perspectives and techniques to help you navigate through issues that every family faces. This includes resolving disagreements, family games, recommended reading lists for all ages, and virtual global exploration. 




*NEWLY ADDED* California Dept. of Ed.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is a wealth of knowledge on SEL and continually publishes guiding principles and resources.

The CDE is committed to helping educators learn more about SEL and how to make this a part of every child’s school experience. To support this work, the CDE has joined the Collaborating States Initiative a group of states that share information, best practices, and promising tools and ideas in the interest of building strong Social Emotional Learning in schools across their states. The Collaborating States Initiative is hosted by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning.

The CDE has convened a group of experts from different sectors of the education system to advise on the best ways to support SEL implementation. The following are products this team has developed:

See the CDE’s press release on California’s participation in the Collaborating States Initiative.

Teaching Enhancements

You're the same Teacher with the same material, but here are some cool things that can really enhance the overall student learning and your teaching experience!

  • The Barr Center provides a downloadable and free back-to-school tool kit, virtual meeting backgrounds, and additional resources for enhancing relationships and morale.
  • The CASEL Cares is an initiative that connects each of you in our global community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. Currently, the site provides advice and resources for ensuring social and emotional connectedness during the social distancing pandemic. For more CASEL Cares tips and resources, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Shared staff agreements can help facilitate a supportive work environment that promotes schoolwide SEL. These agreements set the context for a safe, supportive work environment in which all staff agree how they will interact with each other, their students, and students’ families and community. Shared agreements can also support positive work and social interactions. Check out CASEL's website for downloads and templates.
  • Red Nose Day has free, remote-ready lessons and routines to provide a fun way to strengthen classroom community, help children build empathy, develop literacy skills, and learn about social issues. This flexible, year-round program can be done in the classroom or at the kitchen table. Check out their website for more information and free downloadable material.
  • Afterschool and summer programs provide safe, developmentally rich settings for learning and development. Research suggests that all people—children, youth, and adults—thrive in safe, supportive environments that are developmentally rich and identity-safe, characterized by positive relationships and relevant opportunities to learn and grow. Check out the research on Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs and Systems in Reopening and Rebuilding and ensure to take a look at the American Institutes for Research website for additional materials.



  • The mission of The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is to make kindness the norm in our schools, workplaces, homes & communities. We work toward that goal by creating free content that promotes kindness toward others & teaches important social emotional learning skills to kids. Added December 10, 2020
  • Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. We want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others. Check out their resources page for information including details about their app.
  • Inspire Kindness celebrates Kindness in the classroom, at home, over summer, and more. Check out their Summer Kindness Bucket List as well as free downloads for Camp Inspire Kindness, a summer camp with questions and activities for at-home.


Other Resources

Here are some additional resources.

  • Check out the Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick website. You'll find monthly calendar printables with daily activities for children to help ensure social and emotional learning stick with them.  The site offers a free signup for a newsletter, an entire library of articles, book recommendations, interviews, and more. A previous example used was the October 2020 Calendar.
  • The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) published a infographic flyer titled "How Trauma Impacts Four Different Types of Memory". This infographic flyers conceptualizes how trauma can impact the different types of memory.

If you have any suggestions, feedback, or require additional assistance, please contact us and we'll be happy to assist. Ensure to check back often for new and additional notes and resources!

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