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The Wisconsin PK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Competencies are Available!

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

This guide is designed to provide educators and out-of-school-time youth service professionals with the essentials for implementing a comprehensive approach to SEL. Find the Social and Emotional Learning Competencies here. Find the Spanish translation of the Social and Emotional Learning Competencies here.

Introduction to Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning Competencies (YouTube video)

Introduction to Wisconsin Social and Emotional Learning Competencies 

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Positivity through Social and Emotional Learning

Adams-Friendship Area School District shows how social and emotional learning promotes engaged learning and inspires educators to teach every student.

Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning

Racine Unified School District recognizes the importance of social and emotional learning to keep kids healthy, safe, and encouraged in school every day.

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning 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 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is committed to providing resources to schools and families to support comprehensive social and emotional learning opportunities for students.

SEL and Equity: What does this mean?

CASEL's 2018 February 5th webinar with Rob Jagers shares some of the ways in which CASEL is advancing work on equity and social and emotional learning (SEL).

Minnesota Great Lakes Equity Center SEL Implementation Guidance

Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin Schools

Making social and emotional learning (SEL) skills part of the learning equation helps children succeed in school and life. With social and emotional skills, children can manage their feelings, build healthy relationships, and navigate social environments. When adults are supported by good policies and training, children develop the skills needed to prepare them for the world.

Why it matters:

 
  • Students receiving comprehensive social and emotional learning instruction increased their achievement test scores by 11 percentile points.
  • The soft skills developed by social and emotional learning are exactly what 59 percent of hiring managers surveyed look for in new hires.
  • Columbia University found that an $11 return resulted from each $1 invested in SEL.
  • A nationally representative survey of PK-12th grade teachers found that 93 percent believe SEL is very or fairly important for the in-school student experience.

For a print version of this information please download the Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin PK-12 Schools infographic.

Additional Resources

Social and Emotional Learning District Case Studies

Schools and districts across Wisconsin are comprehensively implementing social and emotional learning; integrating it with existing programs and initiatives and making it a priority. If you would like to check out the case studies on Wisconsin school districts comprehensive SEL implementation, click here
 
If you are interested in submitting a case study for your district, please contact beth.herman@dpi.wi.gov.

Gauge and Prioritize Implementation of SEL Competencies 

Use the following guides to gauge and prioritize your implementation of the Social and Emotional Learning Competencies. The goal is to be more intentional in how staff teach, reinforce, and cue learners to apply these skills.

Grade Band

Assessment Scale

PK - 5K Grades PK-5K Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale
1 - 3 Grades 1-3 Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale 
4 - 5 Grades 4-5 Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale
6 - 8 Grades 6-8 Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale
9 - 10 Grades 9-10 Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale
11 - Adult Grades 11-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Scale 
For questions about this information, contact Beth Herman (608) 267-9242