Social Emotional Learning: The basics

Social Emotional Learning: The basics

Many educators are talking about Social-Emotional Learning right now. At Metiri, we have been talking about it for years. Here are some of the basics. Social-Emotional Learning is a process and when students master that process they are able to participate, interact, and achieve.

SEL is the process of acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to have…

  • positive relationships with others.
  • control of one’s emotions.
  • constructive goals.

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is about mastering that process and being able…

  • make good decisions.
  • interact with others.
  • achieve personal goals.

There is no magic pill in education, no one thing that works but… Social-Emotional Learning might be close.

Schools that have incorporated SEL into daily activities have students who…

  • Have positive relationships with peers and teachers
  • Have fewer behavior problems
  • Have positive attitudes toward themselves and others
  • Have less stress and anxiety

Ultimately SEL is about…

  • Improved academic outcomes, including better test scores and higher grades


Metiri Group provides professional development, online courses, and effective measures of Social-Emotional Learning. To learn more about our work, the valid and reliable measures that we have available, and our process for administrating those measures please contact Cheryl Lemke.

Among other cases, our measure of Social-Emotional Learning has been used:

  • By districts to report progress in Social-Emotional Learning.
  • By districts to identify baseline data before working to improve Social-Emotional Learning for all students.
  • By individual schools to identify progress overtime during and/or after professional development of focused efforts.
  • Researchers studying the impact of specific interventions aimed at improving Social-Emotional Learning.
  • Private companies that are identifying different ways that their products and tools impact Social-Emotional Learning for all students.