Social Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning First

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. These skills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.


SEL Competencies


Recognizing one's emotions and values as well as one's strengths and limitations

Self- Management

Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one's goals.

Social Awareness

Showing understanding and empathy for others.

Relationships Skills

Forming positive relationships, working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict.

Responsible Decision Making

Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior.

Cook Elementary students learn these competencies during explicit SEL daily instruction in the class and during several school wide activities throughout the year.