What is

Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a pedagogy where students are encouraged to comprehend their emotions and demonstrate empathy for their peers. The end goal of social emotional learning is to boost determination and persistence, nurture a growth mindset and help students more effectively manage their emotions. There are five core social emotional learning competencies including: a) self-awareness, b) self-management, c) social awareness, d) relationship skills and e) making responsible decisions.

Social emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process whereby students acquire knowledge and skills and use this foundation to become more productive and socially-aware citizens. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to social emotional learning. Faculty can take small steps towards embracing civic engagement in class. For instance, educators may allow students to self-delegate roles in a group project to support the needs of all members. Social emotional learning has led to increased grades and attendance. Just as important, the process has helped students better cope and manage emotional stress and led to more effective problem solving.