The Significance of Social Emotional Learning Curriculum in Schools
How do we know that a student is thriving at school? In the past, student grades and test scores have been the key measures of academic success. But these days, students also need to know how to set and pursue goals, understand and manage emotions, cope with setbacks, show empathy, collaborate, engage in positive social relationships, and make responsible decisions—a skill set called social and emotional learning (SEL). Early social and emotional competency is seen as a foundation for healthy development as it is associated with later-life outcomes extending into adulthood, such as success in the workspace, decreased criminal violence, and drug use and protection against the potential emergence of later mental health difficulties.
SEL programs are typically seen to be embedded in the context and wider environment of the school setting through the use of multiple and coordinated strategies, including activities across curriculum teaching, emphasis on wider school ethos and environment, and family and community engagement. Teachers’ involvement is critical because they have a window into how children apply social and emotional learning skills in real-world situations.