SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
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.
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.
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 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.
- Take the pledge for SEL at home and for yourself!
- Recognizing stress during a pandemic or virual outbreak is only part of the solution. What happens after you recognized you're stressed? Take a look at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website for ways to recognize and work through the stress.
- What was the last thing you looked forward to? Was it something big, such as a day off, a vacation, or a major purpose? Milestones matter in our lives, and we should enjoy the important memories they make. Check out the Gryphon House website for easy self-care tips for teachers, parents, and caregivers.
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation website provides free resources and training on everything you could imagine, from snacks to well-being, this site is gem! The search function is a great way to find what your looking for immediately, or take your time browsing through all they offer. For five quick psychology-backed tips to relieve stress, boost physical, and mental health, check out their informational flyer. Also check out the Five Ways to Foster Social-Emotional Skills informational flyer.
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.
- CASEL CARES: So Now What? Supporting SEL at Home
*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:
- Social and Emotional Learning Guiding Principles - full version(PDF);
- Social and Emotional Learning Resource Guide(PDF);
- Recommendations for Policy and Practice
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.
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.