Social Emotional Learning
What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?
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, and make responsible decisions.”[i]
There are many different names for social and emotional learning including: 21st century skills, character, non-cognitive skills, soft skills, and life skills. The following frameworks offer two different ways of understanding SEL.
SEL in Folsom Cordova Unified School District
As part of a focus on teaching the whole child, Folsom Cordova Unified School District has defined a strategy for integrated and explicit social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for students and adults in our system. We know from research that social-emotional competence can be achieved in the following ways:
- Positive climate and culture focused on empathy, respect, and equity
- Direct SEL instruction
- SEL integrated into academic lessons and extracurricular activities
- Educative and restorative discipline practices that build community and repair harm
Channa Cook Harvey, Ph. D.
Director, Social Emotional Learning
(Social Emotional Academic Development)