What is Social-Emotional Learning?

“Social-emotional learning is a broad term referring to how students regulate their emotions, communicate with others, use compassion and empathy to understand the needs of other people, build relationships and make good decisions,” says licensed psychologist Jennifer B. Rhodes. 

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

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Benefits of SEL

More and more research points to social and emotional skills — like cooperating and helping others — as the foundation of thriving in life. Students with strong skills in these areas get along better with their peers. They’re also more likely to graduate from high school and get a full-time job.


One long-term study looked at the connection between kids’ early social-emotional skills and their well-being as young adults. The study started tracking a group of students in kindergarten. Teachers rated them on a scale of one to five, based on their ability to do things like sharing and listening to others.


The study followed these students for nearly two decades. It found that for every point higher the kindergartners scored on that five-point scale, they were:

  • 54 percent more likely to get a high school diploma

  • Twice as likely to get a college degree in early adulthood

  • 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25


Other research has looked at SEL instruction. Early findings show it can lead to:

  • Less emotional distress

  • Fewer disciplinary incidents

  • Increases in school attendance

  • Improved test scores and grades

Research confirms and teachers, parents, and principals agree: Social and emotional competencies can be taught, modeled, and practiced and lead to positive student outcomes that are important for success in school and in life.

Decades of research studies demonstrate the following benefits of SEL: 
  1. Improvement in students’ social and emotional skills, attitudes, relationships, academic performance, and perceptions of classroom and school climate.

  2. Decline in students’ anxiety and behavior problems.

  3. Long-term improvements in students’ skills, attitudes, prosocial behavior, and academic performance.

  4. Wise financial investment according to cost-benefit research.

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The leader in the field of SEL instruction is the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). It identifies five key areas (core competencies) that makeup SEL:

  • Self-awareness , like identifying emotions, recognizing strengths and needs, and developing a growth mindset

  • Self-management, like managing emotions, controlling impulses, and setting goals

  • Social awareness, like seeing things from other people’s perspective, showing empathy , and appreciating diversity

  • Relationship skills, like communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution

  • Responsible decision-making, including thinking about the consequences of personal behavior

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Attention all RCS parentS

Due to the forecast of increment weather on tomorrow, Friday, January 21, 2022, tomorrow will be a Remote Learning Day for all students, teachers, and staff. This notification is also available on local news stations WBTV-3 and WSOC-TV. Students are expected to engage in “Interactive Remote Learning” with their classroom teacher at 9:00am via Google Meets or Zoom per teacher’s instruction, as attendance will be taken and recorded

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