Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

(definition from CASEL)

In-Focus Curriculum


At Centennial Elementary School we believe students who are taught social and emotional learning are better behaved, more positive, and less anxious than students who are not taught these lessons. In Focus is our Social Emotional Curriculum. Here are some facts about this curriculum.

Just the Facts

  • 10-15 minutes social emotional lesson, 4-5 days a week
  • Structure and sequence of lessons are built on the findings of extensive brain research

Why Add In Focus?

  • Emotion plays a major role in every intellectual process and is a driving force in how children’s brains organize themselves.
  • Students who are taught social and emotional learning are better behaved, more positive, and less anxious than students who aren’t taught these lessons.

Tips for Success

  • Ask your student what they learned during their In Focus lesson each day.
  • Have a conversation about their learning and encourage them to use the strategies from the In Focus program.