Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which young people acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions; set and achieve goals; demonstrate empathy for others; establish and maintain positive relationships, and make effective decisions. It includes a number of competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
- Learning requires exploration of one’s identity.
- Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place).
We know and believe that the implementation and support of quality social and emotional learning through research-based processes and practices have been shown to enhance the well-being of learners, overall achievement, and positive life outcomes.
Through a growing awareness of fundamental skills and abilities called the core competencies, learners develop essential and enduring academic and life skills through curricular competencies.
Environmental and instructional design – co-constructed with our learners – focused on implementing the latest research in cognitive neuroscience and mindful learning in education to enhance the well-being of children.
SEL teachers work with school staff in a co-facilitation model in all zones – 80 classrooms this year – to increase knowledge regarding:
- The importance of school climate and culture for positive pro-social outcomes;
- Adoption of select evidence-based SEL programs and curricula, for explicit and intentional instruction; and
- Implementing an action research approach in almost 40% of school in 2016/17 to investigate school-based questions regarding SEL.
When asked questions such as, “What does it mean to have courage?” and “Who or what supports your ability to be resilient?” the following Grade 4-6 Surrey students reflect on and share their experiences and how they apply specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes in order to manage emotions: