The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, has announced that eight states will be working together to create and implement plans for social-emotional learning in their schools.
CASEL will provide consultation to California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington to help them integrate social-emotional learning strategies into their classrooms, as well as provide schools with professional development around the topic.
According to CASEL, social-emotional learning is a process through which “children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
In addition, the CASEL approach outlines five core competency clusters for students: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Each state will develop unique standards for teaching these concepts to pre-k through high school students in a developmentally appropriate way, as well as find ways to incorporate these lessons into normal classroom instruction.
Illinois is currently one of only three states that have developed social-emotional learning standards for all grade levels. Read more about the SEL collaborative here.
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