What Is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)??

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an educational framework aimed at fostering the development of social and emotional skills in individuals. These skills are crucial for personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, and success in school and beyond. SEL programs typically focus on teaching students to recognize and manage their emotions, develop empathy and perspective-taking abilities, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and effectively handle challenging situations.

Key components of SEL include:

  1. Self-awareness: Recognizing and understanding one’s emotions, thoughts, and values.
  2. Self-management: Regulating emotions, behaviors, and impulses in different situations.
  3. Social awareness: Showing empathy and understanding others’ perspectives and cultures.
  4. Relationship skills: Establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
  5. Responsible decision-making: Making ethical and constructive choices about personal and social behavior.

The work of Tim Elmore, and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. We use the Habitudes curriculum on a regular basis, and the images have already gained a foothold as an integral part of our work with our students.

Steve Helmich, President at Cathedral 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, Assistant Principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School


Habitudes is the most excellent program for first year students and beyond. It is a program that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialogue.

Sharon Taylor, Saint Martins University

I encourage schools, and school districts to partner with Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the Habitudes to R. everyday classroom situation's.

Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association Of Georgia Educators

As a university dean, I believe anyone who cares about the future of this generation should digest the materials from Tim Elmore and growing leaders. He understands what students need, and how to deliver it in a relevant fashion.

Mary Gerardy, Dean at Wake Forest University

One of the biggest things that habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be a career and college ready upon graduation. Habitude helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective

Jason Lane, Principal Of Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why were doing this and the why behind 'you should have integrity'. We have found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz, Principal Of Travis High School

Thank you so much for your investment at Virginia Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty. Simply put you have helped us grow and become better as a department.

Whit Babcock, Athletic Director At Virginia Tech

No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. The Habitudes are an outstanding way to teach and learn leadership. I recommend Tim as a teacher and a mentor, and I recommend Habitudes to anyone.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, Founder of Injoy Group & EQUIP, Author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaderships"

How Social Emotional Learning Works

SEL is often integrated into school curricula through explicit instruction, classroom activities, and school-wide practices. Research indicates that SEL programs can lead to numerous benefits, including improved academic performance, increased social skills, better emotional regulation, reduced behavioral problems, and enhanced mental health outcomes for students.

As a result, many educators and policymakers advocate for the widespread implementation of SEL in schools as a means of promoting holistic student development.

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