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.


    Sometimes, families can get stuck with problem-solving or how to help their child problem-solve. This resource may help guide some conversations. It is important for children to have some productive struggle in problem-solving because it helps build resiliency, thinking of others, and take ownership with situations. Parent Guide for Problem Solving

Last Modified on June 8, 2022