A fundamental ingredient for success in school and all phases of life includes the important skills which are taught in social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula. Empirical research has found that children who participate in SEL programs showed statistically significant gains in attitudes, behaviors, interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.
Utilization of SEL curricula within learning environments helps to promote and foster social-emotional competence while empowering children with the skills they need for developing self-regulation, thereby equipping them with the tools they need to develop and sustain healthy relationships, evaluate and practice coping strategies to mitigate stress, and experience higher levels of academic success.
Key concepts included in SEL curricula include empathy building, emotional management, and problem-solving skills. Through repeated practice of SEL strategies and in conjunction with SEL curricula which focuses on bullying awareness and prevention, decreases in aggression and conduct problems may result, while boosting a child’s self-esteem and their ability to interact more effectively with others.