Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)


Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps youth to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others and work hard when faced with challenges. This video introduces you to SEL and covers the impact of SEL.

Equipping Staff


Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps youth to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others and work hard when faced with challenges.

Creating the Learning Environment


Your program environment and culture play an important part in social and emotional learning (SEL). You can influence the culture of your program by paying attention to the ways that routines, behavior expectations, and conflict resolution processes within your program support SEL. This video walks you through the second section of the toolkit, Creating the Learning Environment. This section includes tools and templates to help you establish group and individual level expectations, give effective feedback and integrate reflection and emotion management. It also has icebreaker activities with an SEL-spin.

Designing Learning Experiences


SEL takes place when youth are engaged in activities that allow them to practice and develop skills from the Ways of Being model. Use this section to include program activities that focus on developing all four of the Ways of Being.

This video walks you through the third section of the toolkit, Designing Impactful Learning Experiences. These activities allow youth to:

Explore their individual and community identity (Ways I Am)
Practice sharing gratitude, express and understand and manage emotions, and communicate one’s feelings (Ways of Feeling)
Learn about empathy, teamwork and set group norms (Ways of Relating)
Develop clear goals and work towards consensus (Ways of Doing)
Also included: tools to build an emotion word bank and an SEL reading list for youth.

Using Data for Improvement


Using data to improve SEL is an important tool in supporting youths' growth.

This video walks you through the fourth section of the toolkit, which is focused on Using Data for Improvement.

This section includes tools and templates to help you gather and use data for improvement. This is different from formal, high-stakes outcome assessment or program evaluation. This section includes creating a data dashboard by using reflective activities to measure change over time, having youth assess and provide feedback to the adults that support them in learning social and emotional skills, several creative data collection strategies, a SEL SMART goals tracker and a checklist to help select SEL outcome measurement tools.