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of Social-Emotional Learning

What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as  “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.”1

Often taught in the classroom, social-emotional learning gives tomorrow’s workforce the tools for success, while educators find it contributing to a positive school climate and increased academic success. Beyond immediate outcomes in the classroom, SEL prepares employees to solve problems, manage emotions, and communicate.

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Skills That Matter, Everywhere

Extensive research shows a positive correlation between the skills taught throughout social-emotional learning programs and positive behavior, academic achievement, and healthier life choices. A 2015 OECD publication, The Power of Social and Emotional Skills, highlights a nine-country analysis that found there is a common set of skills that seems to matter across cultures—including self-esteem, self-efficacy, and sociability. These skills consistently affect outcomes like college completion, job attainment, health, and civic engagement.

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Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

These are the crucial workplace skills that SEL is instilling in the next generation of employees.

  • Empathy The root of amazing customer service.
  • Impulse control Calm down and rewrite that angry email.
  • Emotion recognition Notice the mood of the room and tailor your big pitch.
  • Emotion management Keep those emotions from the recent family dispute in check.
  • Communication Listen, focus, and make the most of every relationship.
  • Assertiveness Get what you want, get what you need—everyone still leaves happy.
  • Problem Solving Face roadblocks and brainstorm solutions with ease.

How Social-Emotional Learning Helps Children Succeed in School, the Workplace, and Life

Thought leaders in education, business, and the military share their views on why social-emotional skills are critical for today’s workforce and will be even more necessary in the future.

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