Accessible social emotional learning
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults recognize and manage emotions, create meaningful relationships and effectively solve problems. When taught to school-aged children, SEL has produced an impact on student grades, mental health and resiliency. These benefits continue on into adulthood as the tools and coping strategies learned in elementary school last a lifetime and generalize across situations. SEL is vital to the success of students both in school and later in life, but educators struggle to implement programs and lessons for a variety of reasons. This project seeks to help mitigate many of the barriers teachers face when approaching SEL with the aim of allowing educators to confidently integrate SEL into their everyday classroom routines. By providing an explanation of SEL along with accompanying activities, lesson plans and resources that can be readily integrated into classrooms, it is hoped that the benefits of SEL will emerge and create a more positive learning environment. It is also hoped that teachers will then be more willing to seek out specific SEL programs for their classroom use and encourage other educators to do the same.