Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional skills are the essential skills for success in school, work, and life. This type of learning centers the mind and body, thus reducing emotional tension so that students can be open to new content and new material. Academic outcomes increase exponentially when students feel calm, capable, nurtured, and cared for. If we expect students to be college and career ready, it is important that we focus on these skills and competencies during the developmental years. These skills include: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making, resiliency, and gratitude.
Social and emotional learning teaches students to be productive citizens, to practice valuable life skills, and to be resilient. Students will become good communicators, cooperative members of a team, effective leaders, and caring, concerned members of their communities. These are precisely the skills that today’s employers consider important for the workforce of the future. On a macro level- the well-being of our planet and its citizens depend on it.