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SEL toolkit

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes learning to be aware of and manage emotions, work well with others, and work hard when faced with challenges. Youth programs develop SEL skills by

  • creating opportunities for young people to engage in real-world projects,

  • work in teams,

  • take on meaningful roles,

  • face challenges, and

  • experience the emotional ups and downs that come along the way.

This toolkit includes activities, templates and tools organized around four ways to help support staff and youth in SEL. It was developed to go along with the 3-hour training, Social and Emotional Learning in Practice and related issue briefs. It is designed primarily for those working with youth in middle school, but with small changes the activities can be used for other age groups too. See the Introduction for an overview of how the toolkit was made. It can be read from start to finish, but it is not meant to be used in order. Select activities that meet your needs and fit with your program design. Get the most out of it by taking the Readiness Inventory first. Your responses will help identify sections of the toolkit that will be most helpful.

Download the entire toolkit(PDF)

This toolkit can be reproduced for educational purposes, but use this citation: Walker, K., Olson, B., & Herman, M. (2017). Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources. St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.

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