Social-emotional learning programs improve the grades and behavior of all learners—but special ed students may benefit even more from lessons on mindfulness, self-regulation and cooperation, experts say.
Social-emotional learning—also known as SEL, and sometimes called “character education” or “soft skills”—teaches students to: 1, understand and manage emotions. 2, set and achieve positive goals. 3, feel and show empathy for others. 4, establish and maintain relationships, and 5, make responsible decisions, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.