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International Social Emotional Learning Day

International Social Emotional Learning Day

By Robert L. Herron and Taylor Rogers |

Please join us in celebrating International Social-Emotional Learning Day (#SELDay). SEL Day is an opportunity to collectively spread the word about the importance and impact of social emotional learning. Working together, we can raise awareness for SEL, bring on new SEL stakeholders, create artifacts that demonstrate SEL in action, and share SEL best practices.

Social emotional learning (SEL) changes lives—studies show that SEL improves well-being and academic outcomes, builds a positive school climate, and provides children with the necessary skills to excel in today’s workforce. Yet many members of our communities don’t know about SEL yet.

SEL is defined as 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, show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) has been a natural part of the national physical education content standards for many years and teachers have taught it without realizing they are addressing this in their classrooms. As such, the impact of SEL impacts long-term health outcomes and quality of life. Below we share resources from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) related to SEL.

NCHPAD’s Social-Emotion Learning Guide for practitioners is an incredible resource for those working with young people. The guidebook is designed to help physical educators emphasize SEL in their physical education classrooms that are inclusive of every student. The guidebook will provide classroom techniques, ideas, activities, training opportunities, and resources to help physical education programs promote SEL every day.

Physical education teachers can help mitigate the social and emotional issues that students may have by using the strategies discussed in the Social-Emotion Learning Guide. Strategies may include but are not limited to, classroom environment; crisis management strategies; etc.

Join the movement and sign up to support social emotional learning here today!

Robert L. Herron is Acting Director of Sport Exercise Science at the United States Sports Academy.  Robert is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS*D®) and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM-CEP®). rherron@ussa.edu

Taylor Rogers is the Academic Affairs Coordinator at the United States Sports Academy. Taylor is currently a graduate student at the United States Sports Academy where she is completing her master’s in Sports Management.


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