Washoe Country School District

April 21, 2014

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

NEWS

WCSD's SEL work was mentioned in the Harvard Education Letter, "Making school a calmer place to learn."

See the article http://hepg.org/hel/article/585

Trish Shaffer spoke at TEDx UNR January 22, 2014 about SEL 

What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) involves the ways in which adults and children develop social and emotional skills in five distinct areas:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize your emotions and thoughts and know how they influence behavior. This includes accurately assessing your own strengths and limitations. A person who is self-aware has a well-grounded sense of optimism and confidence.    
     
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating yourself, and setting and working toward personal and academic goals.
     
  • Social awareness: The ability to adopt the perspective of
    other people and to empathize with other people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. A person who is socially aware understands social and ethical norms for behavior and recognizes family, school, and community resources and support.
     
  • Relationship skills: These skills enable a person to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the ability to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.    
     
  • Responsible decision-making: A person who makes responsible decisions has the ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions. This person considers ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms before making decisions and is able to realistically evaluate consequences of various actions  while considering his or her own well-being and the well-being of others. 

The Goals of SEL:

 

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Promote students’ self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship, and responsible decision-making skills  
     
  • Improve student attitudes and beliefs about self, others, and school  
     
  • Better test scores, more confident students with a greater drive for success

Benefits of SEL

  • SEL provides a strong foundation for students to not only excel academically, but to be more flexible socially, allowing them to better accept critiques from their peers and learn from others.  
     
  • SEL classrooms generate less emotional distress in the classroom. This is a direct result of students empathizing with each others' feelings and learning strong listening skills.
  • The safe learning environment naturally results in higher test scores and better grades.  
     
  • High-quality SEL programs positively contribute to school success, social development, crime prevention, and economic performance by developing strong self-awareness in students which, in turn, feeds their drive to succeed.
 

CASEL and WCSD

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Links

  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - CASEL is the steering organization behind Social and Emootional Learning. 
  • Core Task Project - CTP is an informative site which challenges traditional teaching methods and tracks instructional trends in education.
  • Responsiveclassroom.org - a research- and evidence-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.
  • The American Educational Research Association - The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
  • Edutopia - The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.