Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-Emotional Learning
Skills for success in school & life

Social-Emotional Learning

What are your hopes and dreams for your children and the children in your community?

That they become independent thinkers? Dedicated problem solvers? Excellent communicators? That they are happy, healthy and have fulfilling relationships with others? That they love school?

At SCUSD, we are committed to providing schools that are safe, caring places for children to enjoy learning, be intellectually challenged, make lasting friendships and master essential standards of learning. 

SCUSD has two priorities aimed at fulfilling our commitment to students and families:Common Core State Standards and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).

Through SEL, students will gain skills in six competencies that researchers agree are essential to success in school and life. Those competencies are: Self-management; self-awareness; responsible decision-making; relationship skills;  social awareness; and growth mindset.

SEL skills are foundational to success in school, college, career, and life. With these skills, adults and kids can engage in thriving learning communities that are safe, positive, inclusive, and welcoming. 

Years of research shows that students who attend schools where SEL is a priority perform better academically. 



What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) involves processes through which children, adolescents, and adults acquire and 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
  • Make responsible decisions
  • Nurture a growth mindset

SEL supports a positive climate, culture, and community for all. SEL skills are foundational for college, career, and life success.