"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging and meaningful."
SEL has a clear place within the MTSS Framework. Social support is included, along with academic and behavioral supports, as one of the three foundational components within the Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tired (CI3T) Model of Prevention. "The intent of the CI3T model is to offer one unified, data-informed system to meet students' academic, behavioral, and social needs in an integrated framework designed according to the core values held by the school community." (Lane, Oakes, Jenkins, Menzies, Kalberg Kalber). This blended model advocates for well-designed formal school wide instruction in social skills using validated curriculum, strategies and practices.
The skills young people need to be contributing members of society, successful employees and nurturing family members mirror the skills young people need to maintain and improve health. These essential skills are the foundation of the Michigan Model for Health® (MMH). This comprehensive K-12 health education curriculum is proven to be effective in improving social skills and reducing aggression. It has been placed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) by the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, is included in the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Guide of Select Programs, and has been identified as a promising program by Crime Solutions.gov within the Office of Justice Programs.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation's leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students.
Michigan Model for Health®
The Michigan Model for Health® is a comprehensive and sequential K-12 health education curriculum that aims to give school-aged children (ages 5-19 years) the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles.