Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards Support
Inspired by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your efforts to infuse Social and Emotional Learning into your instruction.
Increase Self-Awareness with resources that prompt reflection on emotions and offer diverse representation so readers can see themselves in books and authors.
- Identify and consider emotions with this complete video book reading for Yesterday I Had the Blues.
- Facilitate conversations on self-perception with this Meet-the-Author Recording for Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams.
- Help students recognize their strengths with this audiobook excerpt from Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look.
- Promote self-confidence and self-efficacy with this activity sheet for You Matter by Christian Robinson.
Build on Self-Management foundations with conversation starters from authors and illustrators on emotions — defining them, being aware of them, and learning what to do with them.
- Discuss stress and anxiety and tools to help manage these feelings after listening to this audiobook excerpt for Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat.
- Discover self-discipline examples from authors like Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir in this author interview on their writing process.
- Find ideas to keep yourself motivated and organized from Jack Gantos in this Meet-the-Author Movie.
Enhance Social Awareness with a wealth of resources for diverse books.
- Practice perspective-taking with this Audio Name Pronunciation from Thi Bui sharing what it feels like to have to adjust your name after immigration.
- Foster empathy with this guest blog post from author Cece Bell on how email made her career as an author of children's books possible.
- Celebrate diversity with this Meet-the-Author Recording from Kevin Noble Maillard on Fry Bread discussing the need for texts that reflected his culture and that represents the diversity within it.
- Discuss what it means to have respect for others with this Meet-the-Author Recording from Hena Khan on Amina's Voice.
Foster Relationship Skills with discussion guides and author insights that offer ideas for engaging with others — individually, in small groups, with community, and beyond.
- Reflect on what we can control in communication with this Meet-the-Author Recording for Ping by Ani Castillo.
- Practice positive social engagement after listening to this Meet-the-Author Recording for One by Kathryn Otoshi where she discusses what it feels like to either speak up or stay quiet when something is happening that you don't agree with.
- Talk about relationship-building and how relationships can be defined in so many ways with this video book trailer for Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson.
- Inspire teamwork as a collaboration of individual strengths with this Meet-the-Author Recording from Rafael Lopéz on Just Ask.
Inspire Responsible Decision-Making with resources that model evaluation and analysis, and reflections from authors and illustrators on their own decisions.
- Discuss how identifying our emotions and where they come from can help us make good decisions with this Meet-the-Author Recording for I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde.
- Analyze a situation involving a tough decision together with this teacher's guide for A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones.
- Illustrate problem-solving with this complete video book reading for the mystery book Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden.
- Practice evaluating issues from different perspectives after listening to this Meet-the-Author Recording for The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
- Model how to reflect on your actions with this video reading for "Forgiveness" from Can I Touch Your Hair by Charles Waters.
- Consider ethical responsibility and the impact that our actions can have as they ripple out away from us with this Meet-the-Author Recording for The Night Gardener by Eric and Terry Fan.
1. Referenced from "Core SEL Standards" The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), https://casel.org/core-competencies/.