As Defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to:
Understand and manage emotions
Set and achieve positive goals
Feel and show empathy for others
Establish and maintain positive relationships
Make responsible decisions
SEL is a deeply ingrained part of the way students and adults interact, both in the classroom and out of it, and helps provide children with equitable, supportive, and welcoming learning environments. Studies show students who participate in evidence based SEL programs demonstrate higher academic achievement and lower rates of dropping out, as well as fewer cases of school and classroom behavior issues, drug use, teen pregnancy, mental health problems and criminal behavior.
SCS SEL Priorities Foci
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) enhances students' capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Similar to CASEL's integrated framework that promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence, Shelby County Schools' SEL Priorities Foci was designed to prioritize the needs of all students towards the District goals of Destination 2025.