Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2019)
Research shows that students receiving support in schools for building positive social-emotional skills improve academically, socially and behaviorally. Social and emotional learning has been shown to positively impact long-term success by increasing academic achievement, economic mobility, and healthy outcomes.
Ohio’s strategic plan for education supports the goal of preparing each student for postsecondary life through social-emotional learning. The Ohio State Board of Education adopted Ohio's Social and Emotional Learning Standards for grades kindergarten through 12 in June 2019. Schools and districts have the flexibility to use these standards to best meet the social-emotional needs of students.