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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
As a critical component of behavioral health and wellness, Forest Grove School District works to embed social emotional learning in core classroom work. 
According to the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL), the five core competencies of social emotional learning are:
  • Self-awareness. The ability to accurately recognize one's emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one's strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
  • Self-management. The ability to regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working towards achieving personal and academic goals. 
  • Social awareness. The ability to take the perspective of and empathise with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. 
  • Relationship skills. The ability to establish and maintain health and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed. 
  • Responsible decision-making. The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, and realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.