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Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and apply skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  Hamilton Southeastern Schools believes that these skills along with academic knowledge will prepare our students to succeed in life beyond their school years.  Social and emotional skills are often referred to as one’s emotional intelligence or EQ.  According to CASEL there is growing research that suggests the IQ and EQ are connected and both critical in the development of the “whole child.” Research shows that students with strong SEL skills have increased academic performance and are less likely to engage in risk taking behaviors.

What are the benefits of SEL?

These skills give youth and adults the framework to:

  • cope with anger and stress

  • recognize their own and others’ emotions and how to handle them without violence

  • express emotions appropriately

  • lessen power struggles and resolve conflicts constructively and collaboratively

  • solve their own problems

  • give positive feedback to others

  • critically think and make good decisions and choices

  • develop effective listening and communication skills

  • dialogue rather than debate with others

  • act according to their values, not their emotions

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.