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Social Emotional Learning

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SEL Competencies
Self ManagementSelf AwarenessSocial AwarenessResponsible Decision-MakingRelationship Skills

Self-management is our ability to control our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations. It’s our ability to use appropriate coping skills when we are under pressure and stressed out.

When we control our impulses, set and work toward achieving personal goals, and practice self-discipline, we are displaying good self- management skills.

What can I do to control my emotions and my reaction right now?

How can I react to my current situation in a helpful way?

Self-awareness is our ability to recognize our feelings and thoughts and how they influence our behavior. Additionally, when we are self-aware, we can accurately (and confidently) identify the things we’re good at and the things we need to work on.

How am I feeling right now?

Why am I feeling this way?

What am I thinking?

What’s causing me to think this way?

How can I express my thoughts and feelings appropriately?

What are my strengths?

What are my limitations?

Social awareness is our ability to empathize with others and see things from their perspective, even if they are from different cultures or have different backgrounds. When we’re socially aware, we understand social and ethical norms for how to behave and carry ourselves accordingly.

How can I better understand someone else’s thoughts and feelings?

How can I better understand why other people think and feel the way they do?

When we engage in responsible decision-making, we take actions that follow the rules, protect our safety and the safety of others, show respect for ourselves and others, and we show good character.

What are the possible consequences that my actions will have on me and others?

Are my actions in line with my values and beliefs?

Explain How can I solve problems creatively?

Did I consider all possible options? Explain

 Having relationship skills means that we are able to make and keep healthy relationships with others, even when they are from different backgrounds or cultures. We can express ourselves, listen to others, ask for and offer help when needed, resist peer pressure, and resolve conflicts in appropriate ways.

How can I show genuine interest in this person right now?

What changes can I make in order to improve how I interact with different people?

How can I tell other people what I need and want in an appropriate way?

Source: Kiddie Matters

SEL Purpose in District #186

In order to meet the needs of the whole child, District #186 will develop a plan and implement a shared vision for all students and staff in a connected, committed and collaborative framework to integrate Social-Emotional Learning into academics based on best practice.


Social and emotional learning, or 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. (CASEL, 2017)

Four SEL Practices- A Restorative Approach to Social Emotional Learning

Why SEL?

Contact Information

Jill Grove
Coordinator for Culture and Leadership

1900 W. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62704