EASD to Celebrate International SEL Day Friday, March 26
March 19, 2021- During the week of March 22-26, the Elizabethtown Area Middle School and Elizabethtown Area High School will conduct a week-long series of events to shine the spotlight on the importance social emotion learning (SEL). The programs will culminate on Friday, March 26, which is the second annual International SEL Day.
Throughout the week, students will be engaged in activities that promote the five core competencies of SEL. These include self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Students are encouraged to wear yellow on Friday in honor of International SEL Day. These themes are defined as follows:
- Self-management means taking responsibility for our own choices to work towards goals. It includes using self-control, developing positive study habits, managing emotions, and persevering through challenges.
- Self-awareness is having a clear and accurate understanding of ourselves. That includes understanding strengths, working through challenges, recognizing emotions, and considering future aspirations.
- Social awareness is having an understanding of the social world. That means understanding the social expectations, reading social cues, perspective-taking, developing empathy, and celebrating our differences.
- Relationships are the positive connections we have with others. It involves understanding healthy relationships, effectively communicating, working with others, developing friendships, and using conflict resolution to solve problems.
- Decision-making is using strategic methods to make positive choices. It includes developing responsibility, problem-solving, navigating through peer influence, owning choices, and choosing healthy habits for the future.
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.