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Social Emotional Learning

“To the extent that we strengthen SEL, we increase the likelihood that students will learn to the best oft heir ability. After decades of practice, we know that social and emotional skills and values can indeed be taught. We know that when taught and modeled well by adults in schools, bonding increases, problem behaviors decrease, and test scores go up. “

(Shriver, T. & Buffett, J. in theHandbook of Social andEmotional Learning : Research and Practice,2015)

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL),  “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”.

What Is Social Emotional Learning?



Using the SAFE approach put forth by CASEL there are a variety of ways we can teach, develop, and reflect upon British Columbia’s Core Competencies

Self Reflection & Assessment

The following resource provides some research-based evidence to support self-reflection and assessment.

Planning Samples

The following examples are ones taken directly out of lessons that teachers have taught around the province. Resources included are worksheets, rubrics, and self-assessment forms.
Learn More

Here is the example that was used in the Self-Reflection of the Core Competencies video.

CASEL Implementation Guide

CASEL’s District Resource Center offers field-tested guidance, tools, and resources for SEL implementation throughout a district.


Teachers around the province are doing amazing things that encourage all their students to participate in authentic learning experiences. This section will highlight some of these stories.

Tell Your Story

Having now seen these stories of inclusion, consider your own professional practice. You can you inspire others with your stories of inclusion, and we can help. See the link below for more information.

SD73 Health Literacy Forum

At the Health Literacy Forum, Grade 5 students in School District 73 explored how they learn best, how learning is a team sport, and how they can use their strengths as a learner to support others.

SD73 Health Literacy Forum

Grade 5 students in the Kamloops-Thompson School District, at the Health Literacy Forum,  are engaging in discussion on inclusion in their classrooms, and how they can contribute to their learning team.

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