SEL curricula directly address the 5
core areas of social and emotional competency: self-awareness; self-regulation;
social awareness; relationship skills; and responsible decision-making as laid
out by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
A child’s ability to concentrate is
directly related to her social and emotional functioning. Executive functioning
is not possible when a child’s social and emotional development is unregulated.
Thus academic learning is greatly decreased.
The strategies taught in each lesson stimulate
the parasympathetic nervous system (Rest and Digest) allowing the prefrontal
cortex to engage, giving rise to the executive functions of the brain such as
thinking, planning, and analyzing. Our program specifically addresses practices
that influence the executive functions including focusing, managing emotions,
handling stress, and resolving conflicts. In addition, we add the critical
elements of kindness, compassion, empathy, thoughtfulness, and other social
skills that cultivate a different relationship between the individual and
For more information on the
importance of SEL curricula and the research that supports it, please visit the
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at www.casel.org.