Social & Emotional Learning Core Competencies

CASEL's Five competencies - (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)


  • core competencies Labeling one's feelings
  • Relating feelings and thoughts to behavior
  • Accurate self-assessment of strengths and challenges
  • Self-efficacy
  • Optimism


  • Regulating one's emotions
  • Managing stress
  • Self-control
  • Self-motivation
  • Setting and achieving goals

Social Awareness

  • Perspective taking
  • Empathy
  • Respecting diversity
  • Understanding social and ethical norms of behavior
  • Recognizing family, school, and community supports

Relationship Skills

  • Building relationships with diverse individuals/groups
  • Communicating clearly
  • Working cooperatively
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Seeking help

Responsible Decision Making

  • Considering the well-being of self and others
  • Recognizing one's responsibility to behave ethically
  • Basing decisions on safety, social, and ethical considerations
  • Evaluating realistic consequences of various actions
  • Making constructive, self, relationships, and school choices