Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

Through SEL, students will gain skills in six competencies that researchers agree are essential to success in school and life. Those competencies are:

  • Self-management
  • Self-awareness
  • Responsible decision-making
  • Relationship skills 
  • Social awareness
  • Growth mindset

SEL skills are foundational to success in school, college, career, and life. With these skills, adults and kids can engage in thriving learning communities that are safe, positive, inclusive, and welcoming. 

Years of research shows that students who attend schools where SEL is a priority perform better academically. 

To learn more about SEL and the SCUSD, click here.