“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
-CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)
In the world of texts, tweets and instant messaging, it seems we are more connected than ever…or are we? Many researchers are sounding alarms at the effects of living in a “Tech Saturated World” including: increased anxiety, isolation, depression, lack of social skills and increasingly poor attention span among children and youth. Humans are social beings. Interfacing with digital screens does not fill our need for face-to-face interaction with others, nor does it provide effective platform for resolving conflict or differences. According to a 2017 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), “a lack of SEL regularly correlated with unfavorable outcomes such as an increased chance of unemployment, divorce, poor health, criminal behavior and imprisonment.” Conversely, development of these skills has shown overall positive results, including better academic performance, improved attitudes, behaviors and relationships with peers, as well as deeper connection to school, fewer delinquent acts and reduced emotional distress (student depression, anxiety, stress and social withdrawal). As we face the challenges of our ever-changing world, the power of developing social-emotional skills and practicing, modeling and teaching effective communication and cannot be underestimated.
SEL is an essential set of life skills fundamental to personal growth and getting along within families, workspaces and communities. These skills can be leveraged in any interpersonal relationship, make those relationships healthier, as well as more productive, effective and enjoyable. For example, these skills can diffuse power struggles between parent and child, deescalate anger in the workplace, develop rapport with a prospective client or empower a child to make better decisions. SEL curriculums are utilized with children, youth and adults in settings including: schools, businesses, community service organizations, detention centers, prisons and more.
Research using SEL in schools has shown measurable benefits, including the following:
Improved academic achievement: 2011 study with 270,000 students, showed 11% improvement
Better behavior: Studies show decreased dropout rates, school and classroom issues, drug use,
teen pregnancy, mental health problems and criminal behavior.
Return on investment: For every dollar spent there was $11 return on investment
-Data from CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning)
- Circle Up offers customized Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for adults and young people: from customizable 1-2 hour topics to introduce SEL and effective communication skills to a comprehensive 8 and 16 week SEL curriculums for use at home, work or school.