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Social and Emotional Learning

Time limit: 365 days
3.5 credits

$75 Enroll

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  • Dr. Bob Price Ed.D, PSA/FEA Consultant, President of Learning Forward NJ, Adjunct Montclair State University

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.

Why does Social-Emotional Learning Matter? 

Addressing SEL skills through a planned and sustained process is an investment in becoming positive contributors to your own life and the lives of those around you. Research shows that a child’s SEL development directly correlates to success and happiness as an adult. School should be a safe place where children are encouraged and instructed in SEL skills before becoming adult members of society, with the consequences that exist in that role. 

What are some of the student benefits of SEL?*

  • Better academic performance (11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement)
  • Lower anxiety, stress, and depression
  • More attentive/less hyperactive, lower aggression
  • Higher-quality relationships

What are the educator benefits of SEL?*

  • More responsiveness and organization
  • Greater self-efficacy and self-reflection
  • Improved classroom climate
  • Increased student engagement
  • Lower rates of problem behaviors


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