Summary

Want to better understand what SEL is, why it’s important, and where it happens? Our Framework, or the “CASEL Wheel”, is the best starting point. 

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) 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. SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

What are the SEL competencies?

Educators, families, students, community organizations, and researchers around the world use our wheel to better describe what SEL looks like in practice. The five broad, interrelated areas of competence are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Want to dig deeper into any of these? Visit our interactive wheel for examples of each competency.

Where can SEL be taught and practiced?

Our framework takes a systemic approach that emphasizes the importance of establishing equitable learning environments and coordinating practices across four key settings: classrooms, schools, homes, and communities.

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Wisconsin: Regional Career Pathways Link SEL to Career and Workforce Development
Articles & Briefs Wisconsin: Regional Career Pathways Link SEL to Career and Workforce Development CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
May 12, 2022
Delaware: Partnerships Integrate SEL With Career and Workforce Development to Define a New Generation of Learners
Articles & Briefs Delaware: Partnerships Integrate SEL With Career and Workforce Development to Define a New Generation of Learners CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Delaware Department of Education
May 12, 2022
Kansas: A Vision for Integrating SEL with Career and Workforce Development for Students
Articles & Briefs Kansas: A Vision for Integrating SEL with Career and Workforce Development for Students CASEL, Coalition for Career Development Center, Kansas State Department of Education
May 12, 2022

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