What is SEL? by Karen Gehret

What is SEL?


Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. Many of you may not be aware, but the state of Ohio has actually incorporated SEL standards into our curriculum in schools beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. 


There are five basic domains associated with this new curriculum:

  1. Self-awareness - recognizing and controlling emotions, being aware of our interests and qualities, having a sense of responsibility and confidence

  2. Self-management - regulating emotions, setting and adjusting goals, overcoming challenges

  3. Social-awareness - having empathy for others, contributing to communities, appreciating the differences in all people

  4. Relationship skills - interacting correctly with others, developing and maintaining positive relationships, solving conflicts in a positive way

  5. Responsible decision-making - use effective critical-thinking skills, make constructive decisions, weigh the ethical and civic impact of decisions


In order to comply with the state, we have incorporated The 7 Growth Mindsets program in the elementary. We are in the second year of the program. It is basically designed to help the students feel better about themselves, form positive relationships, and be a contributing member of society. The newsletters will provide the theme for each month and how we can apply it to our lives so be sure to check it out!

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