A fundamental ingredient for children's success in school and in all phases of their life includes the important skills that are taught in social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula. Empirical research has found that children who participate in SEL programs showed statistically significant gains in attitudes, behaviors, interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.
The utilization of SEL curricula within learning environments helps to promote and foster social and emotional competence while empowering children with the skills they need for developing self-regulation. This equips them with the tools they need to develop and sustain healthy relationships, evaluate and practice coping strategies to mitigate stress, and experience higher levels of academic success.
Some key concepts included in SEL curricula include empathy building, emotional management, and problem-solving skills. Through repeated reinforcement and practice of SEL strategies and skills, decreases in aggression and conduct problems may result, while boosting a child’s self-esteem and their ability to interact effectively with others.