Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Vision
    The Vision is to provide students with the Social and Emotional Learning Skills to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives. To these ends, the goals of each school district, with the involvement of parents and community members, shall be to provide opportunities for all students to develop the required knowledge and skills. 

    Mission
    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. 

    Importance of Social Emotional Learning?
    An extensive body of rigorous research (including randomized control trials, longitudinal follow-ups, and multiple replications) demonstrates that education that promotes social and emotional learning (SEL) gets results and that teachers in all academic areas can effectively teach SEL.

    SEL Impact on Academic Outcomes
    According to a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 studies involving more than 270,000 students, those who participated in evidence-based SEL programs showed an 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement compared to students who did not participate in SEL programs. Compared to students who did not participate in SEL programs, students participating in SEL programs also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.

    SEL Impact on Lifetime Outcomes
    A 2015 national study published in the American Journal of Public Health found statistically significant associations between SEL skills in kindergarten and critical outcomes for young adults years later in education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health. The study concluded that early prosocial skills decreased the likelihood of living in or being on a waiting list for public housing, receiving public assistance,having any involvement with police before adulthood, and ever spending time in a detention facility. *Adapted from Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    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 assisting us in our efforts to create a district-wide model for SEL standards and skills based on the five competencies. Our goal is to provide high quality, evidence-based programming to promote social-emotional learning in preschool through 12th grade.*Adapted from Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    Social & Emotional Learning

    Broward County Public Schools and SEL
    Standards Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards list the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive skills woven into and necessary for functioning well in everyday life - at home, and school. These standards define social-emotional intelligence, which is just the breakdown of the attitudes, behaviors, and actions that make someone good to themselves, nice to know, and pleasant to work with. Below are the overarching goals for social-emotional intelligence.

    Goal 1: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success. Building and maintaining positive relationships with others are central to success in school and life and require the ability to recognize the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others, including those different from one's own. Also, establishing positive peer, family, and work relationships require skills in cooperating, communicating respectfully, and constructively resolving conflicts with others.

    Goal 2: Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships. Building and maintaining positive relationships with others are central to success in school and life and require the ability to recognize the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others, including those different from one's own. Also, establishing positive peer, family, and work relationships require skills in cooperating, communicating respectfully, and constructively resolving conflicts with others.

    Goal 3: Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school and community contexts. Promoting one's health, avoiding risky behaviors, dealing honestly and fairly with others, and contributing to the good of one's classroom, school, family, community, and environment are essential to citizenship in a democratic society. Achieving these outcomes requires an ability to make decisions and solve problems by accurately defining decisions to be made, generating alternative solutions, anticipating consequences of each, and evaluating and learning from one's decision making.

    Student Services

    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:

  • SEL Resources

Contact Information

  • School Counseling & BRACE Advisement

    1400 NW 14th Court

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

    Phone: 754-321-1675

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    Ralph Aiello

    Director