Social Emotional Learning (SEL) introduces a wide range of skills and behaviors that can alter a student’s success in school and life. The benefits of introducing SEL curriculum into schools have been found to exceed the costs, sometimes by considerable amounts. SEL concepts have been found to benefit students in both short term and long term achievements.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) identifies the five competencies of SEL as: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. CASEL provides states with a starting point for SEL, but each individual state has control of their SEL curriculum. So far, all fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted comprehensive SEL benchmarks in preschool. In the last decade an ever increasing number of states have begun to recognize the importance of SEL with the adoption of K-12 standards or competencies. Legislation has also been introduced to increase the adoption of SEL standards.
EdGate offers SEL standards and diligently monitors the states as they add SEL to their existing collection of learning standards.
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