Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?  Per the Illinois State Board of Education, SEL learning is the process through which children and adults 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 constructively.

Plainfield CCSD 202 believes it is essential for children to master academic skills, such as reading and math.  But it is equally important for students to learn the social emotional skills needed to help them navigate their world, both in and out of school.  We believe that SEL is the foundation on which academic learning takes place. When students feel confident in their abilities and their value to their class, when they know how to ask for and offer help and understand that resources are available to them, they are better able to achieve their full potential.

SEL Learning Standards

The district provides instruction aligned with the Illinois Social Emotional Learning standards.  These standards are supported across a variety of subjects including PE and health.  To learn more about the Illinois State Board of Education SEL standards, visit their website.

According to The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), there are five core competencies that will help individuals–both children and adults—navigate the world more successfully. They are: 

  • Self-awareness:  Know your own strengths and weaknesses and have a “growth mindset.”

  • Self-management: Manage your stresses and impulses and be prepared to set and work towards goals.

  • Social awareness: Be open to the perspectives of others and respect cultural differences.

  • Relationship skills: Work on your communication skills, your willingness to cooperate with others and accept constructive criticism.

  • Responsible decision-making: Make good choices based on ethical standards, safety and social norms.