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Social Emotional Learning and Second Step

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which students acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and handle challenging situations effectively.

There is a strong research base linking social-emotional learning to positive social-emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior and increased academic performance for students.

The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards were initially developed by a broadly representative group of teachers, school administrators, student support staff, human services professionals and parents with expertise in child development and learning, curriculum design and instruction. After the standards were written, public comment and feedback were used in revising the standards before final adoption.

The standards focus on enabling students to achieve three main goals:

► Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success
► Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships
► Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts