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New website addresses students’ social emotional learning

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The S.C. Department of Education has launched a new web portal dedicated to providing information and resources promoting social emotional learning for students.

Social emotional learning is the process through which children acquire and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research has shown that students who receive social emotional learning support perform better academically and socially, according to a news release from the education department.

“We understand how critical the social and emotional components of a child’s learning is,” S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said in the release. “With schools having to adjust their instructional plans during COVID-19, it is imperative that they have access to resources that will benefit students' well-being. The SEL web portal will be a valuable asset for students, parents, and teachers during the upcoming school year.”

The website, sel.ed.sc.gov., includes lessons that elementary, middle and high school teachers can incorporate into the start of school. Teachers and support professionals can complete online training sessions and download toolkits, while parents can access activities to address children’s social emotional well-being. The site also includes activities for students.

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