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Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. (CASEL) Social and emotional development provides a foundation for learning and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers and life.  

What Research Says

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of social and emotional learning. Improved academic achievements and improved college and career readiness are both impacted through experiences that promote social and emotional learning. Research shows that SEL boosts student outcomes, including 11% gain in academic achievement.  Furthermore, a meta-analysis in 2017 shows a 6% increase in high school graduation rates and an 11% increase in college graduation rates.    

Key Recommendations

Social, emotional and cognitive competencies can be taught and developed throughout childhood, adolescence and beyond. Also, due to the profound research on student outcomes, Noblesville Schools focus is to provide student supports and experiences so that students gain necessary social, emotional and relationship skills required for learning, self-management, academic achievement and future success.

References and Resources

Core Social and Emotional Competencies (CASEL): There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings    

Book List: A list of books organized by developmental level to support social and emotional development

Social and Emotional Resources for Parents: A list of resources selected by CASEL staff 

Aspen Institute National Commission. (2019) "A Nation of Hope." www.nationalhope.org

SEL Impact. (2019) "The research documenting the impact of SEL is compelling" www.casel.org/impact