What Is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

  • Social emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process of developing social and emotional competencies, such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These competencies help us to understand and manage our emotions, build positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is an important factor in student performance and well-being. SEL is a key component of success throughout life, including in the workplace. As we prepare students for their future, we keep in mind that people who have strong social and emotional skills are better able to communicate with others, manage stress and conflict, and work effectively in teams. For more information on the importance of SEL for students and adults, please read the Fundamentals of SEL.


  • Overview of SEL & Prevention Programming

    Pickerington Schools students are supported across the district through SEL and Prevention programs. The following provides an overview of that programming: 

      Grades K-4

      • Incredible Years
      • Second Step
      • Too Good for Drugs
      • Too Good for Violence

      Grades 5-6

      • 7 Mindsets
      • D.A.R.E.

      Grades 7-8

      • Botvin Life Skills
      • CATCH My Breath
      • Mindwise Suicide Prevention
      • Supporting the Whole Child Handout
      • Supporting the Whole Child Slides

      Grades 9-12

      • CATCH My Breath
      • Mindwise Suicide Prevention
      • School-Connect