Social Emotional Learning (SEL)



Social and Emotional Learning

According to Dr. Maurice J. Elias of Rutgers University, "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." Click here from a video from Dr. Elias discussing SEL.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a world-wide organization, founded in 1994, that is dedicated to promoting SEL programs for all students in grades Pre-K through High School.  SEL was created to tackle the issue with ineffective programming. According to CASEL, "SEL was introduced as a framework that addresses the needs of young people and helps to align and coordinate school programs and programming." 

As a district, we have discussed at length the following question:  Why is SEL important and why should it be taught in our schools? Through articles, videos, and training in the latest SEL research, the district has concluded that SEL skills and competencies are imperative to prepare students for college and beyond.  The five competencies are skills that everyone needs in order to function successfully and happily, in their professional and personal lives.

Information of SEL can also be found on the The State of New Jersey Department of Education website or by clicking here.

For more information on the SEL program at M.E.T.S. Charter School please contact Mrs. Laura Thoresen at