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Social & Emotional Learning at MPS

Social & Emotional Learning at MPS

What is Social & Emotional Learning?

Social Emotional Learning (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.

Equity Grounded Social & Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) skills can help us build communities that foster courageous conversations across difference so that our students can confront injustice, hate, and inequity… But what [adults] really need to do, is to understand themselves, recognize their power and privilege and identity, and what that means in the work that they do and the people with whom they often work. And that takes humility, time and most importantly, effort.  (Adapted from Dr. Dena Simmons)

Who should practice Social & Emotional Learning?

Social and Emotional Learning begins with adults modeling positive behavior. To achieve a positive and supportive school environment, adults need to model SEL skills for their students. Educators who develop their SEL skills in tandem with their students reap the rewards of improved mental health and more effective instruction. Outside the classroom, adults who practice SEL behaviors are more productive and have better, more collaborative relationships with their colleagues.