CASEL stands for Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. It is an institute that aims to make social and emotional learning (SEL) part of high-quality and equitable education.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is defined by CASEL as “the process by which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitude, and skills required 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 outlines five SEL competencies that are crucial for child development. Implementing social-emotional learning in the classroom, dramatically boosts “students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges”.
The World of Emotions uses CASEL’s five competencies to assist students in enhancing social-emotional skills. As a result, educators will notice a rise in positive attitudes, academic performance, and the ability to build stronger social relationships.
The five components of SEL defined by CASEL are as follows:
- Self-awareness: it is the ability to identify one’s emotions and the effect it has on behavior, and the ability to recognize one’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions and behaviors, manage stress, and the ability to set and achieve goals.
- Social awareness is the ability to take the perspective of others including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships, communicate clearly and work well in a team.
- Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive decisions and evaluate outcomes and consequences of actions.