The Wisconsin PK-Adult Social and Emotional Learning Competencies are Available!
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.
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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).
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.
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.
DPI provides several resources to help future social and emotional learning in our schools.
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
- Social and Emotional Learning: Feedback and Communications Insights from the Field. (Market research on SEL from the Wallace Foundation)
- Resources for the systematic implementation of social and emotional learning by school districts
- The Pyramid Model is a multi-leveled system of support to enhance social and emotional competence in infants, toddlers, and young children. It offers evidence-based strategies for parents and professionals to support optimal development and prevent challenging behaviors.
Schools and Educators
American Institutes of Research Resources for Social and Emotional Learning Assessment
- A report that provides schools and OST organizations information about the specific curricular content and programmatic features: Navigating SEL from the Inside Out
- Free assessment resources: Panorama Ed Social and Emotional Learning User’s Guide
- Integration of social and emotional learning with mathematics instruction
- Social and Emotional Learning Coaching Toolkit
- Preschool and Elementary Edition CASEL Guide
- Middle and High School Edition CASEL Guide
- Wisconsin SEL Competencies Alignment with Evidence-based Programs
For Parents and Families
- Parent toolkit: (From the website) This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
- Confident Parents Confident Kids: A site for parents actively supporting kids' social, emotional and ethical development
Adult Social and Emotional Skills
What's your emotional style? Understand how your emotions effect your well-being and relationships with others. A self-assessment from Dr. Richard Davidson, the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Personal Assessment and Reflection – SEL Competencies for School Leaders, Staff, and Adults
This Personal Assessment and Reflection – SEL Competencies for School Leaders, Staff, and Adults tool, from CASEL, is designed to help schoolwide SEL leaders to assess and understand their own levels of social and emotional competence.
Meyers, D. C., Gil, L., Cross, R., Keister, S., Domitrovich, C. E., & Weissberg, R. P. (2015). CASEL guide for schoolwide social and emotional learning. Chicago, IL: CASEL.
This tool was adapted from Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2013).Primal leadership: Unleashing the power of emotional intelligence(pp. 253-256). Harvard Business Press.