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    The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), defines SEL 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. 


    The foundation of SEL is targeted to raise awareness of the role that SEL core competencies (self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness and responsible decision-making) play in creating safe, engaging, culturally responsive, and personalized learning experiences for student and adults. 


    Research shows that students who participate in SEL programming show improvement in multiple areas including pro-social behavior, attitudes about themselves and others, standardized achievement scores and social emotional skills. These same students also showed a reduction in problem behaviors and emotional distress. (Child Development, 82 (1), 405-432)


    SEL Skills and Core Competencies


    Accurately recognize emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.


    Successfully regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

    Social Awareness

    Take the perspective of others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

    Relationship Skills

    Establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse people and groups. 

    Responsible Decision-Making 

    Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions. 

    SEL In Henry

    During the 2018-2019 school year, all middle schools have incorporated SEL into the academic day, as well as into overall school culture. Several elementary schools have also implemented the Second Step curriculum in all homerooms.  At each school, the SEL Specialist collaborates to ensure social emotional learning is embedded throughout the day.  The SEL Specialist provides guidance and support in the area of Social Emotional Learning initiatives.  The Specialist directly supports campuses and the district to ensure that all current and anticipated social and emotional learning initiatives are implemented with fidelity. 

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    Angela Rogers, Ed. S.
    Social Emotional Learning Specialist