Social Emotional Learning

Students who possess skills of emotional regulation and interpersonal interaction are best able to fully engage with learning and develop intellectual courage.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which students develop skills to regulate, react to, and process their emotions; navigate relationships in a healthy way; and develop self-awareness. The practice of SEL encompasses strategies to support students as they build resiliency, manage stress, develop empathy, clarify their personal values, and make responsible decisions.

For more information, please contact: Emily Schorr Lesnick, Director of Social Emotional Learning, at or 206.588.8739.

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Educational research shows that school-wide SEL programs produce:

  1. Increased positive student behaviors
  2. Greater persistence of students in college
  3. Greater job satisfaction post-college

Students with SEL skills show:

  1. Improved academic performance
  2. Improved life-long health
  3. Increased ability to manage stress and depression, improved self-esteem, and reduced risk-taking behaviors
  4. Improved empathy, emotion recognition and regulation, problem solving abilities, and decision making skills