Social Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) describes the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. At its core, SEL focuses on students’ fundamental needs for motivation, social connectedness, and self-regulation as prerequisites for learning.

Social-emotional learning is an important part of a well-rounded education. Research from CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) shows that investment in SEL has led to improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and gains in academic performance.

“SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnership to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities. “


Measuring SEL in Schools

APS will be using Panorama’s Social Emotional Learning Survey to measure SEL in our schools. By asking students to reflect on SEL through surveys, APS can measure and improve SEL in the following areas:

Student: Skills and Competencies

  • The social, emotional, and motivational skills that help students excel in school, career, and life.
  • Example topics: Growth Mindset, Self Efficacy, Social Awareness

Student: Supports and Environment

  • The environment in which students learn, which influences their academic success and social-emotional development.
  • Example topics: Sense of Belonging, School Safety

Student: Well-Being

  • Students’ positive and challenging feelings, as well as how supported they feel through relationships with others.
  • Example topics: Positive Feelings, Challenging Feelings