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Social and Emotional Learning

All students deserve high-quality, engaging, and comprehensive instruction that addresses their social, emotional, and academic needs in a safe, supportive, and equitable environment. The integration of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a vital component in K-12 education and it contributes to students’ academic and career success. The list of beneficial outcomes from implementing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is extensive and well-researched. Students experience improved academic performance and success, better social relationships, improved decision-making and problem-solving skills, and a better understanding of self and postsecondary options. Additionally, relationships between school staff and families are enhanced; and students and school faculty benefit from a safer and more positive school climate that is conducive to a healthy and productive learning environment.  (K–12 Social and Emotional Learning Across Connecticut - A Statewide Landscape Scan, Fall 2021)

State of Connecticut’s definition of SEL: The process through which children and adults achieve emotional intelligence through the competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making (Public Act 19-166). CT General Statutes

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Social and Emotional Learning Competency Areas

A student’s realistic understanding of their strengths and limitations and consistent desire for self-improvement. 

A student’s success in controlling their emotions and behaviors, to complete a task or succeed in a new or challenging situation. 

A student’s tendency to be careful and reliable in their actions and in contributing to group efforts. 

A student’s approach to problem-solving that involves learning from others and from their own previous experiences, using their values to guide action, and accepting responsibility for their decisions.

A student’s initiation of, and persistence in completing tasks of varying difficulty. 

A student’s capacity to interact with others in a way that shows respect for their ideas and behaviors.

A student’s consistent performance of socially acceptable actions that promote and maintain positive connections with others. 

A student’s attitude of confidence, hopefulness, and positive thinking regarding themselves and their life situations in the past, present, and future.