Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a framework that encourages students to develop positive self-identities, manage complex emotions, navigate a variety of social situations, build strong relationships with others, and develop empathetic world views. It fosters a healthy and trusting learning environment that can improve student behavior, address disparities in the classroom, and set students up for success both academically and personally. In short, SEL is a crucial aspect of childhood development that should be a part of every district and school curriculum.
Students are dealing with a lot these days. From living through a global pandemic to grappling with cyberbullying and all its iterations, kids who haven't had the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills to handle these stressors can fall behind in school, exhibit challenging behaviors, and withdraw from relationships. But in classrooms where social-emotional learning is a priority, students learn crucial skills to thrive in school and in life.
This is not a new concept to the classroom – nor is it unfamiliar to Michigan families and communities. Social-emotional learning is an academic term for teaching soft skills that every human being develops early in life. These skills have historically been taught through social studies, sports teams, churches, and parents. According to more than two decades of research, SEL:
Improves academic performance and classroom behavior
Helps students better manage anxiety, depression, and stress levels
Encourages students to have positive attitudes about themselves and the people around them
Impacts students over the long term, helping them in college and beyond
Creates an avenue for students to explore their emotions and deepen their understanding of others
Navigate360 is proud to partner with Michigan Virtual to help Michigan schools implement state-funded social-emotional learning and mental health resources within their classrooms to improve student engagement rates, mitigate learning loss, and provide direct support for student mental health.
To learn more about the available SEL programming for Students, Staff, Parents, and Mental Health & Prevention, fill out the form to be contacted by a representative who can review the program details with you.