What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) consists of learned life skills such as: empathy, resilience, self-esteem, and a sense of belonging with others.

Why Do We Need SEL?

Studies show that when schools supplement academic curriculum with SEL programs:

There is an increased academic performance on tests and grades

Students adopt more positive attitudes about self, others and school

Student behavior improves

This data comes from studies conducted in 213 schools where SEL programs were implemented. Nearly 300,000 students from kindergarten through high school were involved, and researchers concluded that “compared to controls, social and emotional learning participants demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.”

From its inception, SuperD!ville has been research-based and has been tested in four states. We welcome you to add to these success stories by introducing students to social and emotional learning themes that will help them grow as learners and as people.

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What SEL Experts Have to Say

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Dr. Melissa Orkin

SEL expert interview with Dr. Melissa Orkin, Developmental Psychologist, specializing in LD. The themes discussed in this SEL expert interview are:

  • What works in the classroom?
  • Growth Mindsets
  • Why Videos Work
  • Celebrating Differences
  • Starting Young
  • Kids Helping Kids

Dr. William Harrison

SEL expert interview with Dr. William Harrison, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist. The themes discussed in this SEL expert interview are:

  • Empathy
  • Importance of Representation of LD kids
  • The Importance of SEL
  • Self Awareness
  • Teachers Have Power
  • SEL and Diversity

Dr. Michael Hart

SEL expert interview with Dr. Michael Hart, Child and Family Psychologist. The themes discussed in this SEL expert interview are:

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Super D! Show Videos 
  • Thinking Big
  • Goal Setting and Problem Solving Skills 
  • Organizational Skills 
  • Supporting Teachers