Social-Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning?

CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
  • Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
  • Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

Social Emotional Learning aligns with the Jefferson County School District 2020 vision:

Jeffco 2020 Vision

CASEL SEL Competencies

Critical Thinking and Creativity

Self Awareness and Responsible Decision Making

Civic and Global Engagement

Social Awareness


Relationship Skills

Self-Direction and Personal Responsibility 

Self-Management and Responsible Decision Making

Content Mastery

Embedded SEL leads to increased academic performance.

Core Competencies Short FINAL

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