Social and Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults 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 SEL vision statement reads "through Social and Emotional Learning, Guilford County Schools nurtures safe, supportive, and equitable learning spaces where adults feel confident, empowered, and responsible for helping students develop into productive and responsible citizens who thrive in college, career, and life."
Social and Emotional Learning competencies help students and adults build community, relationships, and a sense of belonging. Students explicitly learn the skills needed to help them thrive in school and life. These skills include understanding and managing oneself, developing problem-solving skills, and to effectively work with others. This creates a positive culture and climate in the classroom and school. Such environments have the potential to mitigate bullying and discipline concerns. Creating a sense of belonging and an appreciation for collective well-being can support equity, advocacy and service-learning. By working together, educators, students, families, and communities can build healthy learning environments and the productive future we all want for our children.