New Jersey Department of Education

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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. Students in SEL programs are more likely to attend school and receive better grades, and are less likely to have conduct problems. Successful infusion of SEL can result in positive behaviors, increased academic success, and caring communities.

The New Jersey Department of Education has been promoting social and emotional learning to enhance the building of positive school climates and the healthy development of young people.

NEW* - NJDOE SEL Modules for Educators

Social and Emotional Learning Resources in New Jersey


Resources for Schools

Lesson Plans and Activities


Information and Research

 

Resources for Families


Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

National Schools of Character

New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development