Social Emotional Learning. What to Know

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

Children thrive. Schools win. Workplaces benefit. Society strengthens. All due to social-emotional learning.

Key Competencies

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to see yourself clearly and objectively through reflection and introspection.Skills include: identifying emotions, self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.Self-awareness is a vital tool for strengthening connections with coworkers, becoming a better leader, increasing job happiness, and managing your emotions. Additionally, it has a favorable correlation with greater levels of overall happiness.


The capacity to control one’s actions, thoughts, and emotions in a deliberate and beneficial manner is known as self-management. For instance,they know how to avoid distractions while working from home, so they can maintain focus and stay productive.They are disciplined about doing what they need to do to reach their fitness.Self-management entails being aware of and taking the necessary steps to satisfy your responsibilities in various aspects of your life.

Responsible Decision-Making

Responsible Decision-Making is the ability required to make wise decisions based on societal and personal considerations such as moral standards, safety considerations, and social norms.

Social Awareness

The social awareness competency focuses on enhancing abilities including your capacity for empathy, your capacity for considering others’ perspectives in various circumstances, your awareness of other varied persons and groups, and your capacity for ensuring that you are treating others fairly. 

Your family, school, and community will benefit from your ability to build and sustain healthy connections and social interactions, especially if social-emotional learning is being done within these contexts.

Relationship Skills

The relationship skills competency focuses on your capacity to connect with others positively and your capacity to consider their feelings in various contexts and social interactions in order to create and maintain wholesome, mutually beneficial partnerships. 

The ability to compromise, take into account the feelings, thoughts, and values of others, and adopt a different perspective and empathize with others are all included in this. It also includes the ability to listen intently, communicate clearly, understand appropriate and inappropriate social behaviors, and understand social norms.

Relationship skills are vital in both professional and academic settings, as well as in personal settings with coworkers and friends and family. You can help create a more positive learning or working environment if you can build relationships with the people you work and learn with.