What Is Social-Emotional Learning?
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. Individuals with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. SEL provides a foundation for positive outcomes, such as effective problem-solving, self-discipline, impulse control, and emotional management.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, as potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). Some examples include experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home or community; having a family member attempt or die by suicide; substance misuse; mental health problems in the home and instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison. While ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, substance misuse, negative impact education and job opportunities in adulthood, the impact can be mitigated by supporting resilience through trauma informed practices in schools.
Traumatic experiences in childhood can impact learning, behavior and relationships in school. Trauma sensitive schools help children feel safe in school so they can learn and feel connected. Trauma sensitive schools also take into account that the adults working with individuals with adverse experiences may develop vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue. Thus, self-care is an important component of trauma informed practices.
Resources for Trauma Informed Practices in Schools
- Trauma Sensitive Schools
- National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
- Child Trauma Academy
- National Traumatic Stress Network
- Sesame Street in Communities
Resources for Self-Care
Conscious Discipline offers solutions for social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. The goal is to help parents, teachers and schools reach and teach every child. Once instilled, these essential skills will last a lifetime and positively impact generations to come.
The three core components of Conscious Discipline are: Safety, through self-regulation, enhances adults' and children's ability to recognize and manage physiological and emotional upset. Developed and Created by Dr. Becky Bailey Sep 25, 2018