Columbia School District

Social Emotional Learning


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. Systemic SEL is promoted across multiple contexts every day. SEL is more than just a program or lesson. It is about how teaching and learning happens, as well as what you teach and where you learn.(Casel) The SEL framework is composed of five core competencies including, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Why is SEL Important?

SEL is important as our emotions and relationships affect how and what we learn and how we use what we learn in work, family, and community contexts. Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011)

image of text "Mind Up" wherer the "u" in "Up" is a smiley face

Mind Up is a classroom-based social and emotional learning program (SEL) designed to enhance self awareness, social awareness, attention, self-regulation, problem solving, and pro-social behavior (helping, sharing, and cooperating). Mind Up is an evidenced based curriculum which establishes core practices of deep breathing and attentive listening, which are then practiced several times a day throughout the school year. These practices are designed to enhance students’ self-awareness, focus attention, promote self-regulation, and reduce stress.

Mind Up Samples

Mind Up Pk-2


Mind Up Grades 3-5


Mind Up Grades 6-8