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Social-Emotional Learning

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.


The New Jersey Department of Education outlines five core SEL competencies that can be taught in many ways across many different settings.

Books We Share to Show We Care
At the elementary school level, teachers use books to begin discussions with their students about commonly shared values.  Beginning with a story, teachers and parents can start the dialogue about respect, tolerance, kindness, inclusion, citizenship, responsibility, and caring for one another in a community.  Franklin School created "Books to Share to Show We Care," a list of recommended reading as part of the district's commitment to social and emotional learning.