SEL Competencies and Practical Applications for Youth and Adults

CASEL, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defines Social Emotional Learning (SEL) “as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” Development and support of SEL skills in youth and the providers that serve them is of the utmost importance.

The attached resource guide is based on the CASEL 5 framework,  addressing five broad and interrelated areas of competence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Organized by the 5 competencies, activities and resources are based on age range (elementary, middle, high school and adult) and guiding facilitation questions. All curated by your colleagues, New Jersey based school-age providers!

A special thank you to the providers below for their participation and contributions!

  • Cindy Angelo
  • Tinishia Bass
  • Lauren Beretin
  • Melissa Conklin
  • Judy Glenn
  • Antoinette Modrak
  • Arshid Nabet
  • Daniela Nita
  • Dawn Rannie-White
  • Anne Rhodes
  • Darnell Scott
  • Dawn Singerline

click here to download the SEL Competencies and Practical Applications for Youth and Adults (xlsx)

Looking for Ideas for SEL Day?

Check out this SEL lesson plan on Showing Kindness throughout your school and classrooms!

Positive Sticky Notes

This is a great activity for students of any age! Provide your students with a sticky note or two and have them write a short phrase or word that promotes positivity and kindness. Encourage students to come up with their own ideas of kindness, but if needed here are some examples to help get your students thinking:

  • You’re Awesome!
  • Don’t forget to smile today 🙂
  • You are strong!
  • Keep your head up!
  • Spread happiness
  • Give love

Once students are done, have them post the sticky notes around your classroom or school. This way students are able to see the kindness they share amongst each other, which promotes a positive environment!

Positive Affirmations

It is important to learn how to be kind to yourself if you are going to be kind to others. For this lesson have students brainstorm and come up with “I am” statements. These statements should be traits that the students love about themselves. Some examples include:

  • I am genuine
  • I am trustworthy
  • I am enthusiastic
  • I am patient

If students are comfortable, have them share their affirmations with the class. It is meaningful for students to see their affirmations. There are many different ways this can be accomplished, such as:

  • Creating a class board for students to post written affirmations
  • Having students write their affirmation on something used every day (take-home folder, notebook, agenda, etc.)
  • Making their affirmation into a desktop wallpaper on laptops
  • Keeping the affirmation on a sticky note on student desks

This lesson is very flexible to fit different ages and student needs! Be creative!

  • If you use these lesson plans be sure to send us pictures of your class artifacts to SEL4NJ

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