Criteria for selecting a social-emotional program

Standalone SEL programs or curricula build students’ social-emotional skills separately from main instructional time. To implement standalone SEL programs, typically teachers or other qualified school staff members, such as counselors or school social workers, receive training in the curriculum and allot time during the school day to teach a series of lessons. Standalone SEL programs are typically targeted toward specific age groups in order to support the development of age-appropriate social-emotional skills.

Here’s a helpful, specific checklist that teachers and can use to help identify an SEL program that meshes with existing classroom practices:

Content excerpted from our blog post, When you really want to focus on social-emotional learning (SEL): Selecting a standalone SEL program.

Topics: Educator professional development and support Elementary school High school Middle school/Junior high school Resource School-wide prevention Secondary intervention Social-emotional learning

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