Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with the core areas of social and emotional (SE) competency.

The Collaborative for Social, Academic and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides guidance and research information to teachers, administrators, and other professionals about the impact of evidence-based SEL programs in schools and other settings.

The figure below (from illustrates how SEL improves social and emotional well-being, productivity, responsibility, and achievement.

CASEL includes L2B in its new Secondary Program Guide.

The CASEL Guide; Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs (2015) provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs and applies this framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States. Viewed as a supplement to social and emotional learning, mindfulness represents an innovative approach in education. CASEL includes Learning to BREATHE among four mindfulness programs in this category that meet their standards for evidence-based programs. Please see the secondary guide for more information at the CASEL website (Secondary Guide)


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