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Social Emotional Learning

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Kathleen Chronister

Director of Social Emotional Learning 
(801) 402-5170
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"Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is how children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."

What is SEL?

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(Adapted from Pat Conner, Tennessee Department of Education Director of Safe & Supportive Schools)


Core Competencies


SEL core competencies



  • Competence in the self-awareness domain involves understanding one’s emotions, personal goals, and values. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations, having a positive mindset, and possessing a well-grounded sense of self-efficacy and optimism. High levels of self-awareness require the ability to recognize how thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected.


  • Competence in the self-management domain requires skills and attitudes that facilitate the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors. This includes skills necessary to achieve goals, such as the ability to delay gratification, manage stress, control impulses, and persevere through challenges.

Social Awareness

  • Competence in the social awareness domain involves the ability to take the perspective of and have respect for those with different backgrounds or cultures, and to empathize and feel compassion. It also involves understanding social norms for behavior and recognizing family, school, and community resources and supports.

Relationship Skills

  • Competence in this domain involves communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking help when needed. Relationship skills provide individuals with the tools they need to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships, and to act in accordance with social norms.

Responsible Decision-Making

  • Competence in this domain requires the ability to consider ethical standards, safety concerns, and make accurate behavioral assessments to make realistic evaluations of the consequences of various actions, and to take the health and well-being of self and others into consideration. Responsible decision making requires the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse settings.
(Adapted from www.casel.org & Bill Daggett, Ed.D, "The Tipping Point")

Teaching practices


SEL teaching practices


Standards Alignment

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Davis SEL Standards

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The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a national organization dedicated to creating and sharing resources and information around SEL. CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.

CASEL SEL Background & Research

CASEL Schoolwide SEL Guide

CASEL District Resource Center

CASEL Parent Resources

CASEL Community Partnership Resources

CASEL School Implementation Timeline

CASEL Implementation Rubric

SEL Curriculum

Additional Resources

If you'd like to learn more, please contact SEL Director Kathleen Chronister