Social and Emotional Learning
The 5 SEL Competencies
• 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 support.
• 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 respective 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.
In the spring of 2013, HSES asked, "What do we want our graduates to look like? What qualities can we help instill that will set them up for success at the high school level and ultimately in society?" After much research, HSES identified the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) approach, and that serves as the lens of how we operate as a family.
A child's emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) can be raised through the learning of certain skills. SEL provides children with a set of fundamental skills that helps them develop high EQs, preparing them to succeed not only academically, but also socially and emotionally throughout every phase of their personal and professional lives.
SEL provides the tools our children need to have control over their emotions, so their inner feelings do not sabotage their abilities to succeed in becoming knowledgeable, responsible, caring students who are engaged fully in their schools and communities.