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The Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

The Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)            

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) organization, “social and emotional learning (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.” 

Springfield Public Schools is committed to ensuring that staff, students, and adults are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to be successful as school begins in the fall. As we commit to this effort, we know that we contribute to the care and wellbeing of all individuals within our system, which is our highest priority. In our endeavor to provide these vital supports for wellbeing and learning, our district understands that SEL must be facilitated through equitable learning environments, where all staff, students, and families feel respected, valued, and affirmed, no matter their social identities, cultural values and backgrounds (Return to Learn Plan 2020-2021)