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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-Emotional (SEL) Competencies

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an umbrella term that refers to students’ “acquisition of skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively.”

Briefly it refers to skills to manage self, relate to others and make decisions.

Social Emotional Learning for Academic Success

SEL is broken down into five different competencies:

  1. Self Awareness – identifying and recognizing emotions; accurate self-perception; recognizing strengths, needs and values; self-efficacy; spirituality
  2. Social Awareness – perspective taking; empathy; appreciating diversity; respect for others
  3. Self Management – impulse control and stress management; self-motivation and discipline; goal setting and organizational skills
  4. Relationship Management – communication, social engagement and building; working cooperatively; negotiation, refusual and conflict management; seeking and providing help
  5. Responsible Decision Making – problem identification and situation analysis; problem solving; evaluation and reflection; personal, moral and ethical responsibility

By assisting students to understand who they are and empowering them to manage themselves personally and socially, we hope that students will be able to develop skills to achieve success both at school and in life. We desire students to: demonstrate skills related to achieving personal and academic goals; demonstrate the ability to prevent, manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways; and to consider ethical, safety and societal factors in making decisions in order to contribute to the well-being of their school and the community they are involved in.

Creating an Effective Learner Profile

Understanding that each student prefers different learning styles and techniques resulting from their individual intelligences, aids us in building a curriculum to maximize his or her academic learning. Combining this with the SEL competencies allows us to create an effective learning profile for your child.