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Social and Emotional Learning at MPS

Social and Emotional Learning at MPS

What is Social and 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.

Why is Social and Emotional Learning important?

As our country becomes more diverse, so do our schools. Educators must strive to serve students from different backgrounds and who have different motivations for engaging in learning. Social and emotional learning helps teachers, administrators and parents create safe, positive and supportive learning environments for all students. Effective social and emotional learning programming promotes and improves students attitudes about themselves, their classmates and their education. 

Social and Emotional Learning promotes a positive and productive learning environment for all students, supporting emotional and social growth. Students who participate in SEL programming have been shown to have improved academic achievement, improved emotional well-being, and graduate with important emotional intelligence skills that are increasingly valued by employers in our increasingly collaborative and diverse world.

Who should practice Social and 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. 

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