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Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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One of MDE's primary goals as outlined in the state's strategic education plan is to support the healthy, safety and wellness of all students. The MDE feels Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical way to achieve this goal. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social and emotional learning is the process of developing students' and adults' social and emotional competencies--the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that individuals need to make successful choices. SEL helps make individuals understand and regulate their emotions, successfully complete goals, take others' perspective or point of view, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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SEL Tag Line - Children matter. You matter. Learn SEL!

Learn SEL Today

MDE has launched an outreach plan: Children Matter. You Matter. Learn SEL! Part of this plan is asking educator to complete the Introduction to SEL online module hosted at Michigan Virtual. The goal is to have as many educators as possible, at minimum one leader and two to four teachers per school building, complete the module. The course is free, offers state continuing education clock hours (SCECHs), and takes around two hours to complete. Register for the SEL Course.

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Open heart filled to 33 percent

Let's fill our heart with SEL training! The percentage represents the number of districts who have completed the goal of at least one leader and two teachers per school building taking the Intro to SEL course.

Importance of SEL

As a first step to encouraging educators and caregivers to approach teaching and learning with a holistic lens that addresses both human and academic development, MDE developed the Early Childhood to Grade 12 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies. These SEL Competencies provide a framework to help educators and caregivers understand learners' developmental progression of social and emotional skills from birth through Grade 12, as well as skill-building strategies to support successful mastery of college and career readiness standards.

SEL and Children's Mental Health Network

To help address the SEL and mental health needs of children across Michigan, MDE has established an SEL and Children's Mental Health Network of state stakeholders with input from national experts. Members of the Network represent all 10 Michigan Association of School Administrator (MASA) regions. The goals of the network are to help broaden, deepen, and strengthen our efforts in SEL and children's mental health across the state. This work is essential and consistent with the state's strategic education plan goal - promoting the health, safety, and wellness for all learners (physically, socially, and emotionally).

Additional Resources

MDE School Mental Health Website
K-12 Health Education Standards
Assessment Resources Coming Soon!
Governor's Proclamation on SEL Day