What is 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. In APS Pre-K, elementary, and middle schools, the Second Step curriculum is used to teach students skills that strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. Every day, teachers teach, model, and reinforce SEL skills through Second Step strategies.

    Learn more about the APS vision for SEL.

    Learn more about SEL as a national movement and how Atlanta is participating.