Social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a common buzz phrase in the past few years. However, social and emotional learning has been around for decades.
Many researchers in the field and those in education believe that social and emotional learning has come to the forefront because of what youths, parents, educators and our communities are experiencing. What is being experienced is a greater need for social and emotional support for youth. Recent studies have shown a dramatic increase in emotional issues, especially depression and anxiety, over the past 10 years.
Social and emotional learning is becoming more defined. Those working with youth can access and implement tools and strategies that foster and nurture social and emotional knowledge and create supportive and healthier programs, homes, and communities.
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