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What is SEL/Social Emotional Learning?
Social and Emotional Learning is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for navigating effectively in life. SEL teaches us the skills we need to manage our emotions, build relationships, resolve conflicts and engage with others. When we develop coping skills, relationship skills, conflict management skills, responsible decision making skills and empathy for others, we are able to be impactful and productive in our schools and communities. These skills are critical to prepare students to achieve academic and future success in life.
SEL strategies are incorporated into the existing curriculum as a means to enhance the climate of the school. ISD 728 has initiated a 5 year plan to embed these strategies into our classrooms and into the culture of our schools. This initiative is being guided through THRIVE, the district’s action plan for building wellness through connections. In advancing SEL strategies, we have committed to developing resources and support for improved wellness and mental health. This initiative is based on Minnesota Department of Education’s guidelines for SEL.
The wheel below was created by CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, an organization dedicated to the implementation of SEL in districts, schools and states nationalwide. It is an effective visual to understand the scope of SEL and the compentencies attached to it.
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