What is SEL? The reality is that educators have been teaching and reinforcing SEL skills for centuries. It is how they have always managed and maintained order in their classroom – “stay in line” … “raise your hand” … “do your own work” … “be on time” … “be respectful,”
In recent years, many schools and school districts have begun to explore and implement SEL programs as a means of addressing more than just the academic needs of their students. Public policy and research organizations have repeatedly validated the benefits of quality SEL programs. In this context, consensus definitions of SEL have begun to emerge like the following:
Every educator desires to see their students succeed in life. Sure, they want them to learn to read and write, to understand math, and ultimately to graduate. But more than that, educators want to see their students go on and complete whatever advanced education they decide to pursue, get a quality job, get and keep a home, and have friendships that last a lifetime.
To most educators and parents, it is more than reasonable to conclude that children and adolescents who have strong social and emotional skills will perform better in school, will have healthy relationships with both adults, peers and will be emotionally strong and healthy. The development of these skills begins at an early age and continues throughout childhood and into adolescence and even adulthood. They are influenced by their home environment, their relationships, and their social circles. Schools provide a major component of a child’s social and emotional development whether that is intentional or by default.
Leaps, our SEL Platform, was developed using more than 25 years of research and real world application in both mental health and education as a foundation. Leaps takes the broad concepts of social and emotional health and brings a practical implementation of SEL to the table with very specific, easily identifiable skills.
Leaps is comprehensive and powerful, yet simple and logical … just what educators need for an effective SEL program in today’s schools.