Giving Compass' Take:

• Getting Smart talks about the best ways to foster social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom, including establishing a common language and focusing on relationships.

• What can those in the education sector do to make sure teachers have the resources and knowledge to execute on the vision laid out in this piece? SEL is vital to early childhood development.

• Here's a look at what makes some SEL programs more successful than others.


Whether you are aware of it or not, you are teaching social-emotional learning (SEL). Your students are watching and learning from everything you do and say. They are learning how to deal with stress and conflict, how to relate to others, how to organize their tasks and time, and so much more. According to the Collaborative for Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL), there are five SEL competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness. As an educator, you have a choice whether or not to teach these competencies and skills intentionally.

Teaching SEL in the 21st-century classroom means examining both content and practice in order to find ways to integrate SEL into the daily experience. Are we using relevant and engaging content for Morning Meeting or Advisory Period? As students read the assigned texts in ELA and Social Studies, are life lessons being highlighted and connected to SEL? Are cooperative learning opportunities that give place for student voice, such as class discussions and project-based learning, being utilized? Are we using a punitive or restorative approach to discipline? The bottom line is to build relationships and connect with kids.

Read the full article about getting culture right with SEL by Tamara Fyke at Getting Smart.