Social-Emotional Learning Strategies

Social-emotional learning is, “the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” – CASEL

The term social-emotional learning (SEL) was created in 1994 from a meeting between researchers, educators and child advocates. Both the term and the resulting organization — Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — grew out of the need to form a cohesive approach to helping children develop and use social and emotional skills. CASEL has developed a framework that includes five core competencies and four key settings for SEL. Watch the video below for more information on the CASEL SEL framework.

This collaborative approach spans the child’s environment from home to school to community and leads to positive student outcomes. Having strong social-emotional skills, such as problem-solving and communicating clearly, has also been identified as important to employers. Studies have shown that starting SEL early has many benefits to children that continue into adulthood. There is a lot of crossover between family literacy instruction and SEL approaches, making the incorporation of SEL relatively straightforward and complementary.

Below we’ve gathered resources for you to explore to help you incorporate social-emotional learning strategies in your teaching.

Online Resources

Decoda Literacy Library Resources

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