Social Emotional

Social Emotional Learning

There is a growing body of research proving that social and emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic success and must be woven into the work of every teacher in every classroom and every after school and summer learning program, if we truly want to prepare all our students for college and careers.

SEL Skills Include the Ability to: 

  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships
  • Make responsible decisions
  • Understand and manage emotions

All of these skills are necessary – both for educators and students – to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers. Learn more here.







The Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning. Our goal is to increase the number of students with access to arts education as a discrete subject in order to further support teachers in achieving their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) goals.

This framework is the result of careful consideration of the synergistic connections between the five SEL competencies and the eleven anchor standards in the visual and performing arts. Check out the framework here.

The Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning Framework was designed by the SEL and Arts Education Taskforce (led by Bob Morrison for Arts Ed NJ and Dr. Maurice Elias for SEL4NJ) comprised of experts in the areas of SEL and Arts Education with members drawn from SEL4NJ and Arts ED NJ.

    California Department of Education: Arts Education
    California Department of Education Guidance for Arts Distance Learning
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