Introduction - Understanding Social Emotional Learning
By now you have probably heard the acronym SEL popping up in conversations around education. District 67 is committed to educating the whole child by integrating SEL district-wide to support the academic, social and emotional growth and development of each student.
Social Emotional Learning is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving to become more aware of self and others, to make responsible decisions, and to effectively manage behavior and relationships. The 5 competencies of SEL are defined as:
- Self-Awareness is knowing yourself. It’s about knowing your emotions, strengths and challenges, and how your emotions affect your behavior.
- Self-Management is knowing how to control your behaviors and moods, and setting and working toward goals.
- Social Awareness is the ability to understand and respect the perspectives of others, and to apply this knowledge to interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Having good Relationship Skills involves knowing how to establish and keep rewarding and positive relationships with friends, family and others from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Responsible Decision-Making involves identifying the impact of your choices on yourself and others, and using empathy, relationship skills and self- and social awareness to make decisions.