Social and Emotional Learning

East Allen County Schools believes Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is essential to the long-term success and wellness of our staff, students, and the families we serve.   It is our goal to improve and strengthen these skills in ourselves so that we can be better models for our students, for each other, and for our community.  

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. 

SEL empowers young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. (CASEL)(opens in a new window)

Why is Social Emotional Learning important?

Students who participate in SEL programming are more likely to graduate high school and graduate college.  They have an average of 11% in academic gains and they have less behavior and discipline issues.  They enjoy overall better health and happiness. 

More here: The "Why" Infographic (by IDOE) (opens in a new window)  

What are the SEL competencies/skills?

The Indiana Department of Education has defined seven SEL Competencies (opens in a new window).

Sensory-Motor Integration

How can I support SEL?

It’s important to note that SEL isn’t just one activity.  SEL skills are important for everyone from the bus drivers, custodians, classroom teachers, coaches, administrators and everyone in between.  We model social emotional skills every day in the ways we express emotion, demonstrate self-control, show empathy, demonstrate critical thinking and positive mindset, and interact with children and adults.  Strengthening these skills as adults will have a profound effect on the children in our lives.  Simply put, incorporating social emotional learning into classrooms, lunchrooms, at athletic events, and at home, helps kids thrive.

Where can I find more resources?

Contact our District SEL Coaches for more ideas and to access the  District SEL Canvas information. 
Heather Hunley,, District Secondary SEL Coach
Molly Bernard,, District Elementary  SEL Coach

In addition, following are some free resources you may wish to explore:

Indiana Department of Education Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness: (opens in a new window)
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): (opens in a new window)

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