Understanding SEL

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is about supporting children, youth, and adults in achieving academic,
post-secondary, career, and life success. SEL involves acquiring and effectively applying knowledge, attitudes,
and skills to develop self-efficacy, understand emotions, achieve goals, show empathy for others, establish and
maintain supportive relationships, make responsible and caring decisions and demonstrate behaviors that
contribute to academic success.

SEL to the Core

A supplemental guide providing knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by OST Professionals to provide high-quality youth development programming to support the learning and development of children and youth.

SEL Community Resources

Palm Beach County's Birth to 22 SEL Action Team has curated free resources to help community members integrate social and emotional learning into their work, services to youth and into their personal lives.

CASEL Caregiver Guide

Eight 60 minute sessions that help caregivers become more familiar with social and emotional learning and encourages them to actively engage in their own growth while supporting their children to practice social and emotional skills.

Seven-Day Self-Care Challenge

The Seven-Day Self-Care Challenge is a virtual on-demand offering designed to provide basic practice tools that can help us cultivate awareness, self-care and resilience, particularly during challenging times.

Social and Emotional Learning Morning to Night

Helping children develop social and emotional skills takes an environment of trust, respect and support. By modeling these skills and nurturing positive behaviors throughout the day, together we can create a climate where everyone thrives.

Communicating SEL

SEL Discussion for Parents/Caregivers (CASEL)

This discussion series was developed to support schools and community partners that wish to engage parents and caregivers in conversations about the social and emotional growth of their families. Each of these eight sessions helps caregivers become more familiar with social and emotional learning and encourages them to actively engage in their own growth while supporting their children to practice social and emotional skills. Each session lasts about 60 minutes and is scripted in both English and Spanish. It is recommended that groups be limited to no more than 10 participants to ensure that each participant is able to contribute.

Training Resources

Two-Minute Micro PD Tips

A collection of downloadable guides and practice tips to SEL topics that should take about two minutes to

SEL Trainings Calendar

Register for Virtual or On-Demand SEL trainings offered by Prime Time Palm Beach County.

SEL in Afterschool

Afternoon Meeting

The Afternoon Meeting is the out-of-school time complement to the Morning Meeting that helps to ensure continued SEL skill-building with a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. focus. Morning/Afternoon Meeting is an interactive group practice...

Kernels of Practice for SEL

This brief explores the need to develop and test social and emotional learning strategies that target specific behaviors and can be taught quickly.

SEL at Home

Let’s Talk SEL: Parents, This Is for You!

Parents, are you wondering what all the talk is about SEL and social-emotional skills? Chances are you’re already doing a lot to support your child with these skills, so keep reading to make additional connections about what it is, why it’s important, and what resources you can turn to if you’re interested in doing more.

SEL Strategies for Parents

There are many ways parents can encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children. Check out this guide to resources for learning more about character development.

Social Skills: Parenting Guides

A collection of guides for parents to help teach children SEL concepts separated by grade.

SEL at Work

SEL in the Workplace

Learn ways to infuse Adult SEL practices in meetings and office culture.

SEL Signature Practices Playbook

The SEL 3 Signature Practices are one tool for fostering a supportive environment and promoting SEL. They intentionally and explicitly help build a habit of practices through which students and adults enhance their SEL skills.

Seven-Day Self-Care Challenge

The Seven-Day Self-Care Challenge is a virtual on-demand offering designed to provide basic practice tools that can help us cultivate awareness, self-care and resilience, particularly during challenging times.

Reports & More Resources

Out-of-School Time Programs: Paving the Way for Children to Find Passion, Purpose & Voice - Parent, Teacher & OST Provider

New research and accompanying online playbook sheds light on how parents, teachers and OST providers perceive the value of out-of-school time (OST) in children’s social, emotional and academic development.​

September 2021

The Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Podcast

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Practitioners in schools and out-of-school programs share their experiences working together to help children develop SEL skills in this five-episode series,

SEL Roadmap to Reopening School

More than 40 organizations have come together to produce this roadmap to support the return to school with equity-focused SEL strategies centered on relationships and built on the existing strengths of a school community. Schools—in partnerships with their communities, districts, and states—can use these four SEL Critical Practices to foster the competencies and learning environments that students and adults need to reunite, renew, and thrive

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

Looking Inside and Across 33 leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers; Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition (Preschool and Elementary Focus)​​​

 

Published July 2021

Engaging Teachers, Staff , and Parents in Social and Emotional Learning in Palm Beach County
September 2022

LESSONS FROM THE PARTNERSHIPS FOR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING INITIATIVE
One of Six Case Studies of Schools and Out-of-School-Time Program Partner