Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
The Vision is to provide Broward County Public Schools students with the Social and Emotional Learning Skills to become responsible citizens and be able to contribute to their own economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives.
This Mission is to make Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) an essential part of the Broward County Public School Board Education and Curricula.
What is Social and Emotional Learning?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process in which students and adults are able to recognize and manage emotions, solve problems effectively and establish positive relationships with others. SEL provides direct instruction in skills that enable students to succeed in college, career and life by being responsible citizens and decision makers. Instruction in SEL enables students to see themselves and others in a positive light, manage emotions, set and achieve goals and solve problems they encounter effectively. It supports school cultures and climates to allow students to practice life skills throughout their school experience.
Why Social and Emotional Learning?
Broward County Public Schools strive to provide all students with a college and career ready education characterized by safe, caring and well-managed learning environments. Instruction in social and emotional skills will prepare them to be resilient and achieve individual success academically, interpersonally and throughout their lives. Social and Emotional Learning. Research says:
- Students receiving SEL instruction achieve higher academically than students who do not receive SEL instruction.
- SEL infuses stronger motivation to learn, a deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, better classroom behavior, improved attendance and increased graduation rates.
- Among students receiving SEL instruction, disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals decrease.
- Reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, or social withdrawal decrease when students receive SEL instruction.
Broward County School Board Collaboration with CASEL
Broward County Public Schools SEL Initiative is supported by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). This initiative is supporting us in our efforts to create a district-wide model for SEL standards and skills based on the five competencies. Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our goal is to provide high quality, evidence-based programming to promote social emotional learning in preschool through 12th grade.
Promoting academic achievement by removing social and emotional barriers to success. The Student Services Department provides a wide array of support services for students, staff, and families of Broward County Public Schools. The department includes: