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The SEL Framework

What are the core compentencies and where are they promoted? 

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What is Self Awareness?

Self-awarenessThe abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose.

Such as:


  • Integrating personal and social identities

  • Identifying personal, cultural, and linguistic assets

  • Identifying one’s emotions

  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity

  • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts

  • Examining prejudices and biases

  • Experiencing self-efficacy

  • Having a growth mindset

  • Developing interests and a sense of purpose

 

What is Self Management?

Self-managementThe abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation and agency to accomplish personal and collective goals.

Such as:


  • Managing one’s emotions

  • Identifying and using stress management strategies

  • Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation

  • Setting personal and collective goals

  • Using planning and organizational skills

  • Showing the courage to take initiative

  • Demonstrating personal and collective agency

What is Social Awareness?

Social awarenessThe abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts.This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Such as:


  • Taking others’ perspectives

  • Recognizing strengths in others

  • Demonstrating empathy and compassion

  • Showing concern for the feelings of others

  • Understanding and expressing gratitude

  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

  • Recognizing situational demands and opportunities

  • Understanding the influences of organizations and systems on behavior

What are Relationship Skills?

Relationship skillsThe abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups. This includes the capacities to communicate clearly, listen actively, cooperate, work collaboratively to problem solve and negotiate conflict constructively, navigate settings with differing social and cultural demands and opportunities, provide leadership, and seek or offer help when needed.

Such as:


  • Communicating effectively

  • Developing positive relationships

  • Demonstrating cultural competency

  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving

  • Resolving conflicts constructively

  • Resisting negative social pressure

  • Showing leadership in groups

  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed

  • Standing up for the rights of others

What is Responsible Decision Making?

Responsible decision-making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being.


  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness

  • Learning how to make a reasoned judgment after analyzing information, data, and facts

  • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems

  • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions

  • Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside and outside of school

  • Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family, and community well-being 

  • Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts