What is SEL (Social & Emotional Learning)?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches how to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work. Staff and students who experience high-quality SEL tend to have:
- Higher rates of employment and economic status
- Higher graduation and attendance rates
- Accrued fewer criminal records and substance abuse issues
- Experienced better emotional and mental health
- Improved relationships with others and a decrease in classroom behavior
- Stress and depression are reduced
Source: Durlak, J.A., Weissberg, R.P., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., & Schellinger, K. (2011) The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development: 82 (1), 405-432.