In the last ten years, we’ve seen Social Emotional Learning (SEL) progress from an abstract concept in education to a central talking point within virtually every U.S. school. School-based SEL initiatives facilitate the explicit discovery, understanding, and self-management of emotions- and offer opportunities to practice these skills through goal-setting, choice-making, and constructive interaction. Research links Social-Emotional literacy to improved student behaviors, enhanced cognitive functioning, and academic gain. The bottom line: SEL-proficient students are better learners.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) has become more critical than ever before for students in the past year. The good news is that there are incredible resources to help.
Thousands of students who have been in remote learning since last March have struggled against regression. This is no fault of their own, nor of the educators, who have worked tirelessly to keep up with the almost daily changes to how they’re being required to teach.
"The power of music and the plasticity of the brain go together very strikingly, especially in young people." Oliver Sachs
A focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) allows educators to impact student outcomes associated with five key attributes: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Research shows that students with stronger SEL skills perform better academically and are more successful when facing adversity both during school years and later in life.