Teachers' Staffroom

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-Emotional wellbeing is an essential part of human health & happiness. You can think of it as education for the heart.


How Social Emotional Learning Helps Kids find Success…

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process and PHILOSOPHY for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness that is EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOURS of compassion, consideration, positive relationships and responsible decision making. Social Emotional Learning school communities foster healthy and emotionally literate educators and students engaged in supportive relationships that make learning meaningful. One of the strongest predictors of pro-social behavior is a positive relationship with adults. POSITIVE LEARNING RELATIONSHIPS ALLOW FOR MORE CHALLENGING PEDAGOGY as well as greater student aspirations, achievement and teacher well-being. SEL skills are necessary for life success.

5 Competency Areas of SEL

  • SELF AWARENESS - assess feelings, interests, values, and strengths
  • SELF MANAGEMENT - regulate emotions to handle stress, control impulses and persevere in overcoming obstacles
  • SOCIAL AWARENESS - understanding different perspectives and empathizing with others, using family, school, and community resources effectively
  • RELATIONSHIP SKILLS - cooperation, resolving conflicts and seeking help when needed
  • RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING - using ethical, academic, and community-related standards to make choices and decisions
    Adapted from Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASE)

The focus is on self awareness, social awareness, self management, relationships skills, and responsible decision making.


MindUP™, which was introduced in Yukon schools in the 2011-2012 school year and will continue in the 2012-2013 school year, is a classroom-based social emotional learning (SEL) program designed to enhance focused attention and self-awareness, self-regulation, and to develop the ability to calm oneself. Pro-social behaviours (helping, sharing, and cooperating), and positive human qualities, such as happiness, optimism, and altruism are also emphasized. MindUP™ was created to help children understand the ways their minds work, and how their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviour. MindUP™ is a program backed by neuroscience research that emphasizes positive psychology.

Resource Links

Social-Emotional Learning Framework

Stacey Burnard, 456-6060, is the Social-Emotional Learning Consultant at the Department of Education.
Information & resources on Social-Emotional Learning can be found in the Social-Emotional Learning Conference on YESNet's First Class.


Yukon Education Student Network

The Yukon Education Student Network is the central portal for all Yukon school websites, curriculum links and educational resources. Information & resources for First Nations, the First Class Communication System, Digital Literacy, the Yukon Student Information System (YSIS) and the Yukon School Athletic Association are all are available on YESNet.