What is SEL?

Defining SEL - Going Deeper in the Definition

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL)  is integral to human development and education. Through reliable developmental relationships, young people learn who they are and imagine who they might become as healthy, contributing adults in their communities. SEL begins with the adults in the lives of young people. Through SEL, young people and adults develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

  • develop healthy identities,
  • understand and manage emotions,
  • show empathy for others,
  • establish and maintain supportive relationships,
  • achieve personal and collective goals, and
  • make responsible, caring decisions.

For more information visit What is SEL? at CASEL.

SEL Impact

An extensive body of rigorous research (including randomized control trials, longitudinal follow-ups, and multiple replications) demonstrates that education that promotes SEL gets results, and that teachers in all academic areas can effectively teach SEL. Evidence demonstrates that social and emotional learning (SEL) improves mental health, social skills and behavior, academic achievement, and college and career readiness.

Educators Value SEL

Teachers are calling for schools to prioritize integrating SEL learning practices and strategies.

Principals Value SEL

Principals say SEL is essential, but want more guidance, training and support to teach these skills effectively.

SEL Investments Yield Returns

On average, for every $1 invested in SEL programming, there is a return of $11.

For more information visit SEL Impact at CASEL.