Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

  • This video from CASEL helps explain Social and Emotional Learning.

What are schools in Manatee County doing?

  • Schools in Manatee County are creating SEL implementation plans that include involvement of all stakeholders to increase our students' skills in the areas of :

    • Self-Awareness
    • Self-Management
    • Social Awareness
    • Relationship Skills
    • Responsible Decision-Making

    Schools have access to specific SEL curriculum found in the CharacterStrong and PurposeFull People programs. Through this work, all students are exposed to direct instruction of SEL skills in all grades while also learning about character traits that incorporate those skills.

    Students also engage in two SEL surveys each year to help the school identify Tier 1 and Tier 2 needs and respond appropriately.

    Two schools (Sugg Middle and Palm View K-8) are piloting the use of restorative practices across the campus. Two elementary schools (Oneco and Myakka City) are piloting the use of CHAMPS, a
    classroom management approach.

    Additionally, schools are learning how to incorporate SEL skills in all aspects of the school culture. Families are a critical part of this culture and are encouraged to be active participants in this process.