New Jersey Department of Education

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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process by which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to do the following: understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; and make responsible decisions.  Students in SEL programs are more likely to attend school and receive better grades, and are less likely to have conduct problems.  Successful infusion of SEL can result in positive behaviors, increased academic success, and caring communities.

The New Jersey Department of Education has been promoting social and emotional learning to enhance the building of positive school climates and the healthy development of young people.

NEW* - NJDOE SEL Modules for Educators

Social and Emotional Learning Resources in New Jersey

Resources for Schools

Lesson Plans and Activities

Information and Research


Resources for Families

Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

National Schools of Character

New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development