What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) focuses on the development of the whole person – child and adult alike.

It’s about developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become productive, successful citizens. When SEL is effectively incorporated in elementary education, children can be better equipped to:

  • identify and manage their emotions and choices, 
  • build and maintain relationships, 
  • recognize and make responsible decisions,
  • define, feel, and show empathy to others.

Through SEL children gain confidence in themselves as individuals to positively contribute at home, school, and the community! 

A Comprehensive Definition

In 2020, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) updated their definition of SEL to include the following:

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. 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.”

Why is SEL important?

When SEL is incorporated effectively in elementary school-aged children, the benefits are extraordinary.

1

Greater Sense of Belonging

Research has shown that teaching students social and emotional skills helps to create a safer school and more supportive school climate. When students feel safe and supported at school, they have a greater sense of belonging.

Confident kids in classroom

2

Positive School Culture

A principal mission of the Quaver SEL elementary curriculum is to help schools in Creating a Culture of Caring.  We believe all students should feel a sense of belonging and connectedness in their school community. When students feel valued and cared for, they are happier and achieve more academically.

Take Some Time SEL Song

3

Stronger Academic Performance

When explicitly teaching SEL, students’ academic performance increased by 11 points. Additionally, other school data points like attendance, test scores, and grades are all positively related to SEL support and development.

Make the Emotion Activity

4

Enhanced Emotional Regulation

Students who are taught social and emotional skills have more positive attitudes toward themselves, others, and tasks including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose. 

Student on laptop

5

Greater Sense of Empathy

Students begin to internalize beliefs and values and caring and concerns for others as they are taught and begin to master SEL competencies.

Digital teacher Gradebook complete with grades.

Research has shown that teaching students social and emotional skills helps to create a safer school and more supportive school climate. When students feel safe and supported at school, they have a greater sense of belonging.

Confident kids in classroom

A principal mission of the Quaver SEL elementary curriculum is to help schools in Creating a Culture of Caring.  We believe all students should feel a sense of belonging and connectedness in their school community. When students feel valued and cared for, they are happier and achieve more academically.

Take Some Time SEL Song

When explicitly teaching SEL, students’ academic performance increased by 11 points. Additionally, other school data points like attendance, test scores, and grades are all positively related to SEL support and development.

Make the Emotion Activity

Students who are taught social and emotional skills have more positive attitudes toward themselves, others, and tasks including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose. 

Student on laptop

Students begin to internalize beliefs and values and caring and concerns for others as they are taught and begin to master SEL competencies.

Digital teacher Gradebook complete with grades.

Bring these benefits to your school.

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Quaver SEL curriculum resources help teachers, counselors, and administrators effectively incorporate SEL in every corner of the elementary school campus.

Experience the culture of caring for yourself with a free 30-day preview of Quaver SEL in your school!

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