Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
What is Social-Emotional Learning?
"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."
Casel (2018). Retrieved from
"There is a strong research base indicating that these SEL competencies improve students’ social/emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior, and academic performance."
Illinois State Board of Education. (2017). Retrieved from
Core SEL Competencies
SEL Learning Goals
The Fingertips Program incorporates all core SEL competencies and is aligned with the Illinois Social-Emotional Learning Standards:
Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.