What is SEAL?

Centennial added the "A" to SEL to create SEAL. This reflects our belief that social and emotional learning is an integral part of, and helps to advance, students' academic learning. 


What Social, Emotional, & Academic Learning Is

Social, emotional, & academic learning (SEAL) is fostered in many schools, but it’s hard to understand exactly what it is and what it looks like in the classroom.

  • Interactive learning and promoting student voice 
  • Positive community: warmth and support
  • Clear, consistent expectations and discipline procedures
  • SEL Skill-Building: modeling and practicing effective communication, collaboration, problem-solving, coping skills, etc. 


What Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning is Not

Social, emotional, & academic learning is becoming part of the public consciousness, but there are some broad (and, in some cases, incorrect) definitions out there.

SEAL is not:

  • Replacing regular order and discipline
  • The school taking on the role of the parent
  • Suggesting that today’s generation of kids is somehow broken
  • Psychotherapy
  • Attempting to teach students how to think                                   
  • Advancing a political agenda
  • Taught at the expense of core academic subjects such as math, science, and literacy                                                                                            

Adapted from Committee for Children, 2019

This 25-minute podcast episode, Notes from the Backpack, from the National PTA, is a great discussion about the life skills that are important for kids to develop; how families are the first teachers of those skills; and what it would look like when your child’s school fosters those skills.


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