Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the educational process that leads to the development of emotional intelligence - that is, the process by which we become better at understanding and managing our emotions AND learning how they impact the choices we make, the relationships we have and our outlook in life.
It refers to the acquisition of the understandings and specific skills that are at the heart of a child's academic, personal, social and civic development. Social and emotional learning is critical not only for success in school, but also in life. SEL enables individuals to recognize and manage emotions, understand their personal values, develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish and maintain positive relationships and handle challenging situations effectively.
Research has shown that people with social and emotional competence are most likely to succeed academically, have a sense of well-being in their personal lives and act as contributors to their communities. (Source: Columbia University, Project EXSEL)
Benefits of Social-Emotional Learning
Helps participants handle stress and emotional reactions
Teaches effective ways to build positive relationships and improve teamwork
Enables the learner to support and encourage social/emotional skills in others
Encourages motivation and supports positive goal directed achievement
Teaches effective problem solving and decision making strategies