About SEL

What is SEL?

"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. " -CASEL

Why is SEL important to DPS?

Emotions are a vital part of learning. Curiosity, frustration, excitement, hope, empathy, embarrassment, and pride are a few examples of emotions that can make school easier or more difficult for students. Explicit SEL instruction helps students (and adults) build feeling muscles to become more productive learners.

The Five SEL Competencies from CASEL

"The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students."

Click the link to learn more about CASEL and Social Emotional Learning.

There are five core competencies of SEL according to CASEL. The chart on the left shows these 5 competences;

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self- Management

  • Social Awareness

  • Relationship Skills

  • Responsible Decision Making

School Counselors: The Engine Behind DPS SEL

In this, the Second DPS Embrace Talk, SEL + Mental Health Coordinator Dr. Chris Soto discusses our DPS SEL Curricula with School Counselors from two model elementary schools and DPS partner Move This World.

Social Emotional Resources