Social emotional learning (SEL) changes lives—studies show that SEL improves well-being and academic outcomes, builds positive school climate, and provides children with the necessary skills to excel in today’s workforce. Yet many members of our communities do not know about SEL yet. SEL Day, March 27, 2020, provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our support for integrating evidence-based SEL into our schools, organizations and community.
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 Center for Schools and Communities and its initiative, Center for Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) believe SEL is an integral part of addressing complex issues that face our children such as mental health, trauma, school safety and climate, and college and career readiness. We are working to raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create resources that demonstrate SEL in action, share SEL best practices…and more!
On SEL Day, March 27, 2020 we will celebrate these accomplishments as we move SEL from “if” to “how.”
Governor Tom Wolf has declared the last Friday in March as “Social Emotional Learning Day” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to acknowledge the important work of educating the public about SEL; and recognize SEL as a wise use of public resources because of the long-term social and economic benefits to society resulting from the implementation of evidence-based SEL programs.
Make your commitment today to showcase SEL in your community, promote SEL to your personal and professional networks, advocate for SEL with your local policymakers and support SEL in your local schools, organizations and community.
Learn more about #SELday.
Then join us at our 2020 National SEL Conference, May 18-20 in Baltimore. Register today.
Media contact: Aylissa Kiely, 717-903-0219