New and updated resources for social-emotional learning
The Iowa Department of Education has released new resources on the Social-Emotional Learning webpage. They are:
- A video, “Iowa’s Foundation for Social-Emotional Learning”. The video provides an overview of the basics of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in Iowa including the importance, definition, alignment with existing initiatives, foundational principles, specific framework of Competencies and Learning Targets, and more. It was developed as a tool that can be used to introduce and/or elucidate the role of SEL in Iowa.
- The Iowa Social-Emotional Learning Guide has been revised, adding preschool as a grade band and updating foundational information for alignment of the guide and video.
- Preschool now also has a separate document for Preschool SEL Competencies, Preschool Iowa Early Learning Standards Alignment Tool similar to the condensed versions for K-12 and individual grade bands.
Social-emotional learning is a critical component to ensuring full access to an education for Iowa’s learners. Social-emotional learning is broken into five competencies:
- Self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and experiences and how they influence behavior. It is the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism and a “growth mindset.”
- Self-management is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
- Social awareness is the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures and contexts.
- Relationship skills include the ability to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.
- Responsible decision making is the ability to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.
Read more about social-emotional learning.