Core Competencies

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker, and many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when programs are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills.

Core Competencies Sheet

Topic/SkillDefinitionkiR Lessons Where Covered
Making DecisionsTo increase skill in making decisions; making informed choices1, 2, 3, 5
Evaluating Risks in Everyday lifeConsidering risks and consequences for everyday decisions1, 2, 3, 10
Confident Communication SkillsUsing verbal and nonverbal messages to communicate effectively3, 8, 7, 9, 6, 5
AssertivenessHow to become more assertive and resist social pressure3, 5, 4, 9
Resistance SkillsEffectively avoiding and resisting social pressure to smoke, drink, or use other drugs.1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8
Coping with AnxietyTips and tricks to help cope with anxiety2, 5, 9
Resolving ConflictHow to effectively resolve a conflict with effective communication3, 9, 6, 1, 5
Drug InformationTo increase knowledge on drug use and side effects1, 2, 8
Understanding NormsTo increase knowledge of norms.8, 10
Coping with StressTips and tricks to help handle and cope with stress8
EmpathyThe ability to share and understand another’s feelings9, 1, 3, 5
Self-controlThe ability to control one’s emotions1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Social SupportIs the belief that one is cared for by there peers8, 9, 10