The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a national standard-bearer in the field of social emotional learning or SEL. According to Tim Shriver, co-founder and board chair, “Emotion drives attention and attention drives learning…Children learn when their heart is open, engaged, connected and filled with purpose.” SEL goals include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
Mindfulness cultivates emotion regulation, attention control and self-awareness. Although less goal oriented than common school programs geared toward developing specific interpersonal skills, mindfulness cultivates awareness of the human experience. This awareness is essential in reaching successful SEL outcomes.
Sources and further reading:
Integrating Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs
Mindfulness and Design in the Class Room