Social and Emotional Learning

SEL encourages teachers to focus not only on instructing their students in traditional subjects like reading, science, and mathematics, but on developing their students’ capabilities in five non-academic areas — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making — as well.

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Course Preview: SEL Essentials

This module focuses on social and emotional learning, offers practicing teachers an overview that begins with a definition of social-emotional learning (SEL) and highlights the critical role that teachers play in helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to SEL. The overview features a brief history of social-emotional learning and describes how SEL builds on the contributions of individuals such as Maslow, Bloom, Goleman, and Noddings. The module also provides examples of instructional strategies teachers can use to facilitate social-emotional learning and concludes with a preview of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and its five core SEL competencies. 

By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to:

  • Define social and emotional literacy and explain why teachers should focus on their own social and emotional learning.
  • Describe the characteristics of effective teachers and how those characteristics relate to social and emotional learning.
  • Explain how Maslow’s hierarchy of needs enhances their understanding of social and emotional development.
  • Provide an example of how Bloom’s three domains of learning relate to social and emotional development.
  • Analyze how Gardner’s multiple intelligences theory connects with social and emotional literacy and adds depth and continuity.
  • Offer examples of ways in which Goleman’s theory of emotional intelligence provides opportunities to expand on social and emotional intelligences.
  • Explain the ethics of caring and how it connects to education.
  • Articulate the importance of parent and family connections, as related to social and emotional learning.
  • Explain how they will promote social and emotional learning in their educational settings.
  • Design and develop classroom activities and strategies that promote social and emotional learning.


Each of our learning modules follows our four-part framework:


LearnIt. Our SEL Essentials course includes 18 videos broken out into 5 different section giving educators a depth of information on the topic.


DoIt. Each course includes an opportunity to practice the theory in a classroom-focused scenario. In this course teachers are asked to take an SEL self-assessment then write goals associated to guide their own social-emotional learning.


ShareIt. Using the built-in community, collaboration is encouraged. Each course allows educators to share their DoIt experience as well as any additional learning.


ProveIt. At the end of each learning module an assessment is provided for educators to demonstrate what they have learned.

Additional Hoonuit Courses on Social and Emotional Learning

School Social Workers: Making a Difference in Student Success
Students of Color: Pivotal Educational Experiences
Cyerbullying: Hateful, Harmful and Insidious - Six Students Speak Out 
Warning! Sinking Ship: Helping Those Around Us
Children's Mental Health Disorders: Bipolar, ADD, Behavior and Autism
PBIS: An Overview and Introduction to the Prevention of Bullying Behaviors
Performance Management: A PBIS Compatible Framework for Changing Behavior to Increase Effectiveness
Traumatization of Youth and Adolescents: Implications for Educator Practices and Student Success
Suicide Prevention & Managing the Aftermath of the Death of a Student or Adult Associated with a School
How Do I Motivate My Students?
Climate in the Classroom
Connecting Through Vulnerability
Bullying and Mandatory Reporting in Schools
Unlocking Potential: The Impact of Mindset on Success
And many more, with new modules being created all the time!