Selecting Topics for Transformative SEL

What is transformative SEL?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as "an integral part of education and human development. 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."

Building on this definition of SEL, "transformative SEL is a process whereby young people and adults build strong, respectful, and lasting, relationships that facilitate co-learning to critically examine root causes of inequity, and to develop collaborative solutions that lead to personal, community, and societal well-being." Transformative SEL is a specific form of SEL implementation that focuses on transforming inequitable settings and systems and promoting justice-oriented civic engagement, which is essential as we work towards educational equity and equitable learning environments.

The video below walks through the five SEL Competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) and the equity connections for each topic. Learn more about how Panorama's SEL Survey topics align with the five CASEL competencies here.

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Explore the resources below to learn more about Panorama's survey topics, and how to decide which topics are best for your surveys.

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