In Recognition of the First International #SELDay, Dive Into Digital Tools to Expand Social-Emotional Wellness
Social–emotional wellness is the secret ingredient that empowers us to build healthy and successful lives for ourselves and enables us to persevere as we navigate the seemingly endless series of complications life throws our way. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the key to empowering students to build the skills to help them manage their emotions and connect with others in their homes, schools and broader communities. In anticipation of #SELDay on Friday, March 27th, take the time to consider the benefits that focusing on social and emotional wellness can have for your students.
SEL: An Easy Sell
SEL has been defined as “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”. Not only can each and every one of us choose to see our everyday lives through a more SEL-informed lens, but we can equip educators to do the same for the betterment of future generations. Growing evidence is increasingly bearing out the undeniable benefits resulting from implementing SEL.
- A meta-analysis found that students who receive high-quality SEL instruction have achievement scores on average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction 1
- A study revealed a lack of SEL regularly correlated with unfavorable outcomes such as an increased chance of unemployment, divorce, poor health, criminal behavior and imprisonment 2
- Conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use were all significantly lower for students exposed to SEL programs, and development of social and emotional skills and positive attitudes toward self, others, and school was higher 3
SEL is not extracurricular – it’s as important as curriculum itself! In a world where increasingly complicated current events are creating barriers in our lives that affect us all the way down to the level of interpersonal communication, it is more important than ever that we remember to embrace each other with social-emotional empathy every chance we get.
At Discovery Education, we offer a variety of no-cost digital resources for students, parents and educators in grades K-12 which reinforce the fundamentals of social-emotional wellbeing, for more positive and productive outcomes. Join us in celebrating the inaugural #SELDay this month, and help empower young people everywhere with interactive resources that use Social-Emotional Learning to make powerful connections across a number of critical subject areas.
- Discover Your Happy
Equipping youth with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create Sustainable Happiness in their lives, using science-based tools for educators, students, and parents.
- Soar With Wings
Standards-aligned digital resources that incorporate academics and fun while building key social and emotional skills for students.
- Ignite My Future
An educational initiative transforming the way students learn and apply computational thinking, a foundational 21st century skill for successful careers in every sector.
- Teaching with Testimony
An inspiring educational program that teaches through the power of testimony, motivating students to find their voices and take action for a better future.
Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and join the discussion on #SELDay!