Social and emotional laerning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and who empathy fo others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisoins.
To support the whole child, we must each these skills and values by fostering communities that are inclusive, nurturing, and kind with sustained and systemic attention to social and emotional education to provide all children with universal, trauma-informed pracctices and supports throughout schools and classrooms.
At the center are the five core social and emotional competencies—broad, interrelated areas that support learning and development. Circling them are four key settings where students live and grow. School-family-community partnerships coordinate SEL practices and establish equitable learning environments across all of these contexts.
Social and emotional educaiton increases academic achievement, decreases challenging behaviors, and, ultimately, improves the quality of relationships and school culture for all students and stakeholders at every level. All means all.
The ADE is using CASEL’s integrated framework of five Competencies as the foundation for social and emotional learning in Arizona to promote and integrate - intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence in Arizona’s youth and youth-serving adults.
The Arizona Social and Emotional Learning Competencies with equity elaborations for adults and students in kindergarten through 12th grade, focus on a set of social, emotional, behavioral, and character competencies that support success in school, relationships, and the community.
Self-awareness: The ability to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts.
Self-management: The ability to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
Responsible Decision-Making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.
Relationship Skills: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.
Social Awareness: The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts.
Schoolwide SEL creates equitable learning conditions and inclusive cultures that foster caring relationships and actively involve all students in learning and practicing social, emotional and academic competencies.
The Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Sensitive School Connection
Trauma-Sensitive Schools are created via schoolwide trauma-informed practices aimed at helping children feel safe, be connected, get regulated and learn. (Alexander, 2016)
Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening with lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. (SAMHSA)
It is important to use trauma-informed practices with all children and provide universal, trauma-informed supports throughout schools and classrooms. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is key for ensuring this happens. A trauma-sensitive environment helps ensure all children will cultivate healthy behaviors and have opportunities to thrive in the face of difficulties and hardships.
SEL is a Tier 1 or universal support within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS), providing assets and supports to all students to meet their social, emotional, and academic needs. A key tenant of SEL within an MTSS framework is the formation of positive relationships among teachers and students, which supports the development of a positive learning environment and the conditions that may help reduce the opportunity gap and to address the needs of the whole child.
The Arizona Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Course is a FREE online, self-paced, self-guided course that will focus on the development and understanding of the Arizona Department of Education adopted CASEL Competencies and how to develop a systemic implementation of the social emotional learning within their school or organization.
The course has 4 main outcomes:
Build a strong foundation in social emotional learning that includes equity based, culturally responsive and trauma sensitive practices
Strategies and practices to strengthen adult SEL competencies and capacity
Strategies and practices to promote and integrate SEL for students
Systemic planning for classroom, school or organization wide implementation
Special Note: This course is designed to be taken as a school team, leadership team, or district teams but individual educators may choose to take this course on their own as well. Please choose the class that best fits your needs: Individual Educator, Teams, or Train-the-Trainer. This course is brought to you by the School Support and Improvement (SSI) and School Safety and Social Wellness units of the Arizona Department of Education.