What is Social Emotional Learning?
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines SEL as “the process for helping children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness, to handle oneself and relationships, and to work effectively and ethically.”
- These skills allow children to be more active and successful learners in school and to have high- quality peer and teacher interactions.
- They help both children and adults to calm themselves when angry, make friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices for a healthy, balanced, successful life.
- Mindfulness practices of awareness and concentration are a primary mechanism by which one can actually develop these skills.
Figure from: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): The Future of Education. Power Point presentation by Mary Utne O’Brien, PhD, Vice President, CASEL Research Professor, Psychology & Education, University of Illinois at Chicago. February 4, 2009. Accessible at www.casel.org.