To be successful, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs have to meet industry standards. 


The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), America’s premier SEL think tank, has developed a list of core competencies that’s become the most widely-respected framework in schools today.

Kids get Social Emotional Learning with Respectful Ways SEL curriculum

These competencies include:


  • Self-Awareness: Social-Emotional Learning begins by fostering a growing recognition of how one’s emotions, thoughts, and values influence behavior.


  • Self-Management: Once students become conscious of how their emotions, thoughts, and values shape their behavior, they can learn to manage stress, control their impulses, and motivate themselves toward goals.


  • Social Awareness: Personal growth in self-awareness and self-management must coincide with social development. Learning to respect the perspectives of others — especially those from diverse backgrounds and cultures — is important to cultivating an awareness of community norms for behavior.


  • Relationship Skills: Maintaining meaningful, healthy relationships with others is essential for establishing well-being. To do this, children must learn to communicate clearly, listen actively, and resolve conflict constructively.   


  • Responsible Decision-Making: Life is made up of choices. Learning how to make healthy decisions for themselves is essential for children’s growth and development. The process of making good choices includes analyzing information, creative problem-solving, weighing consequences, considering the well-being of self and others, and taking responsibility. 


Respectful Ways not only fulfills these five core competencies; they form the scaffolding on which our program is built. From RW signage to the Home Connects program for parents and guardians, from our cutting-edge curriculum to customized professional development seminars, we represent a holistic solution to students’ needs.