• What is social emotional learning (SEL)? 
    "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." (www.casel.org)
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     4:02 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Filed in: Education 

    Atlanta Public Schools will spend more than $1 million over the next year specifically to teach students how to become self-aware, responsible, caring adults.

    Developing students’ “social-emotional learning skills” will help improve their academic performance and behavior and have other benefits, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said.

    “Research shows our students can master these SEL skills and develop their hearts, along with their smarts, to become better people than we could ever be,” she said in a written statement.

    APS to teach kids to be better people photo

    Atlanta teachers and other employees will get training this summer on the new initiative.

    In the fall, APS will name the first schools to participate in the effort.