Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • “Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the 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." -The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

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  • 5 SEL Core Competencies and the skills they build


    • Identifying emotions
    • Accurate self-perception
    • Recognizing strengths
    • Self-confidence
    • Self-efficacy

    Relationship Skills

    • Communication
    • Social engagement
    • Relationship-building
    • Teamwork


    • Impulse control
    • Stress management
    • Self-discipline
    • Self-motivation
    • Goal-setting
    • Organizational skills

    Responsible Decision-Making

    • Identifying problems
    • Analyzing situations
    • Solving problems
    • Evaluating
    • Reflecting
    • Ethical responsibility

    Social Awareness

    • Perspective-taking
    • Empathy
    • Appreciating diversity
    • Respect for others
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  • Our Team

    group of six counselors posing for picture holding a small paper cutout of green alien Our team is working together to integrate SEL in all parts of our students’ day.  Teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators, and many more will be working as a team to build a healthy social and emotional development to create a safe and productive learning environment for all students. 

    Sanford Harmony SEL Curriculum will be in every elementary classroom in 2019-2020. For more information, please read the Sanford Harmony Parent Letter.

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