Social Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning has been described as the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills to (a) recognize and manage emotions, (b) set and achieve positive goals, (c) demonstrate caring and concern for others, (d) establish and maintain positive relationships, (e) make responsible decisions and choices and (f) handle interpersonal conflict effectively. In many ways, these are the life skills that we would like all young people (and adults) to acquire.

An enormous amount research has been conducted in recent years investigating the benefits of social emotional learning programs. These studies have shown not only that social emotional skills can be taught and acquired in relatively short periods of time but that these skills produce tangible benefits for students in terms of both mental well-being and academic success. Three large systematic reviews of some 213 studies involving more than 270,034 students have now been published by the CASEL group in the United States. These reports can be downloaded from the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) website. Click here.

In general, results of these studies showed:

SEL programs improve students' positive behavior, including attitudes about self and others, the manner in which young people interact with others, and their ability to set and achieve positive goals.

SEL programs reduce violence, truancy, bullying, and conduct problems.

SEL programs promote academic success, on average by 11 percentile points on standardized achievement tests.

SEL programs reduce emotional distress, such as depressive and anxious moods, as well as the risk for alcohol and drug use.

Because SEL programs improve academic performance as well as mental health and well-being they represent one of the best, first types of interventions for schools.

Which SEL Program is Right For You

There are a growing number of SEL programs that can be effectively implemented in schools. For a complete list of programs, click here.

SEL Programs and MyHealth Magazine

My Health magazine will begin offering a set of classroom based workshops and on-line learning modules. The on-line modules can be used in conjunction with any of the existing social emotional learning programs or with our own SEL workshops. Supplementing your existing social emotional program with our on-line learning modules is an effective way to both increase learning beyond the classroom as well as evaluate the effectiveness of your existing SEL program using our embedded evaluation tools.

In addition, we're already planning for the future, when most students will be learning on eReaders and Tablets. All of our learning models are downloadable to a variety of eReaders and tablets. All of our learning modules follow the same format. They consist of a MS PowerPoint presentation and hand guide for Teachers, as well as a pre-test, sequenced content modules with popup Quizzes (to facilitate knowledge acquisition), plus a final post-test to measure knowledge acquisition. Here are the learning modules that are currently available:

Module 1: Distress & Help Seeking
Module 2: Nutrition
Module 3: Bullying
Module 4: Negative Thinking
Module 5: Resilience & Well Being