What is Social Emotional Learning?
Social-emotional learning is the process of developing students' knowledge, attitudes and skills to manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, set goals and solve problems and make responsible decisions that support success in school and in life.
Social Emotional Learning in our state:
In 2015 the Washington State Legislature directed OSPI to convene a Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks workgroup to recommend comprehensive standards and benchmarks. The full report, along with notes from previous meetings are available on the SEL Benchmarks Workgroup Website (http://www.k12.wa.us/WorkGroups/SELB.aspx)
Core SEL Competencies:
Self-Awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one's strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."
Self-Management: The ability to successfully regulate one's impulses, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations; effectively managing stress, controlling impulsive behavior, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
Social Awareness: The ability to respect and take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
Relationship Skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
Responsible Decision-Making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.