Social Emotional Learning Resources


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Adult SEL Skills Are Directly Linked to Our Ability to Be Trauma Sensitive

Adults Need Social-Emotional Competencies:

  • to be able to foster a safe environment so that children feel supported and can thrive
  • to be able to recognize when someone is experiencing an emotion or not feeling safe
  • to have and use good listening skills and understand other perspectives, to see as best they can through the child’s eyes
  • to approach children with empathy and understanding, validating feelings and behavior, and build relationships
  • to build social-emotional competencies for students to empower all who are affected by adversity and help them cope with the trauma


Students who receive high quality SEL instruction have achievement scores on average of 13 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction.

Development of SEL skills also show:

  • enhanced social and emotional skills
  • improved attitudes towards self, school and others
  • enhanced positive social behavior
  • reduced conduct problems – misbehavior and aggression
  • reduced emotional distress – stress and depression

Social Emotional skills directly correlate to success and happiness as an adult.

Lack of Social Emotional skills correlate with unfavorable outcomes, such as unemployment, divorce, poor health, criminal behavior, and imprisonment.