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Habitudes Curriculum for Social and Emotional Learning

As part of the Habitudes program, we’ve created a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that will resonate with high school and middle school students.

Helping Middle and High School Students Learn Social Emotional Skills

Self-awareness, impulse control, empathy, teamwork, and responsible decision-making are just some of the social emotional skills that help students succeed in and out of school. Unfortunately, many students aren't developing them. What if there was a straightforward way to teach students empathy and encourage emotional development? That's why we created Habitudes for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to teach social skills to middle and high school youths.

Practical SEL Lesson Plans

The Habitudes for Social and Emotional Learning curriculum uses memorable imagery, real-life stories and practical experiences to teach timeless emotional skills in a way that is relevant to students today. Students are constantly using images to communicate via emojis, Instagram, and Snapchat. Why not utilize their favorite language to bridge the gap between learning and real-life application as part of your social emotional learning program?

Our SEL curriculum helps middle and high school students: 

  • Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative
  • Implement time management skills to do what really counts
  • Plan for personal growth outside the classroom
  • Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image
  • And many more social and emotional skills

Learn more about Habitudes® for Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum

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How Schools Have Used Habitudes SEL Curriculum


The Habitudes social skills curriculum has been used in a variety of settings across 8,000 schools and organizations. Each social skill lesson plan can be taught in as little as 20 minutes. The most popular uses for the middle and high school curriculums include:

  • Advisement or Homeroom Period
  • Freshmen courses and programs
  • After-school programs
  • Senior capstone courses

What's Included in Habitudes

Our social emotional learning curriculum includes access to the following teaching resources:

Flexible Social Emotional Skills Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Slide Decks

Group Social Emotional Learning Activities


Student Worksheets

What Topics Are Covered

Habitudes for Social & Emotional Learning aligns with CASEL's core competencies and covers topics such as:

List of All Topics

Middle School Edition High School Edition    
Identifying Emotions Self-Motivation    
Accurate Self-Perception Goal Setting    
Recognizing Strengths Organization Skills    
Self-Efficacy Impulse Control    
Impulse Control Stress Management    
Stress Management Self-Discipline    
Self-Discipline Identifying Emotions    
Perspective-Taking Accurate Self-Perception    
Respect for Others Recognizing Strengths    
Social Engagement Self-Confidence    
Relationship Building Self-Efficacy    
Evaluating Decisions      
Ethical Responsibility      


Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why we’re doing this and the why behind “you should have integrity.” We found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz

Principal of Travis High School

We are seeing students from all demographics engage in the Habitudes lessons and having conversations on how to prepare for their life ahead of them.

Billy Richardson

Asst. Principal, Kennesaw Mountain High School

One tangible outcome has been our hallways. I have seen more kids hold a door for those behind them. One kid asked me how I was doing before I asked him how he was doing. Habitudes is making a difference.

Marc Feuerbach

Principal, Cartersville High School

One of the biggest things that Habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be career and college ready upon graduation. Habitudes helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective. The benefit to teachers has been significant as well. They consistently tell me they are having more conversations with students that are meaningful and have impact. Habitudes has been a game changer.

Jason Lane

Principal, Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has changed our students and our program. I find my students are now intrinsically motivated to do what they need to, such as completing their homework and pushing in their chair. Parents say their kids love our class, and the parents even thank us for teaching Habitudes.

Jason G.

Middle School STEM Teacher

After starting Habitudes, I now have almost no external motivators. In addition to not having to keep motivating my students, their quality of work is far better and the students are happier.

Bryan Q.

Secondary School Teacher

We believe in creating a culture of growth, character, and knowledge, and we believe our students can own their own character. We are in the process of minimizing external behavior controls over students and maximizing the student’s decision-making ability through good strong character traits that they would reference prior to making decisions and actions. Habitudes is helping us accomplish this.

Sheila Grimes

Principal, Freedom Middle School

Results Schools Have Seen While Using Habitudes

The following results have been reported by schools who have used the Habitudes social skills curriculum:

300% Increase in Student Leadership Team

45% increase in community service hours per students

400% increase in student-initiated clubs

11% decrease in disciplinary incidents

60% decrease in fights

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Explore Other Habitudes Programs

Growing Leaders offers multiple specialized programs for teaching middle and high school students valuable life skills. The practical lessons plans of our character education program teaches character development in a way that is relevant and engaging for today’s students. Develop critical leadership skills with the high school leadership program for students already exhibiting an interest in leadership, like those in student government, student ambassadors, and other leadership clubs. When graduation approaches, use our college and career lesson plans to equip young adults for the transition by developing critical skills like resilience and problem-solving.