Social & Emotional Learning Kit for Educators

A walk-through on how to use Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) every day 

Social and emotional learning isn't new terminology, but it's seen an increase in discussions with educators since the COVID-19 pandemic first touched us back in March 2020. Many of ETR's resources have focused on SEL and mental health over the years. This SEL Kit provides you with a collection of ETR resources on this important topic.

What is Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning as: The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

SEL Core Competencies


HealthSmart, ETR's comprehensive health education program, addresses the core SEL competencies for curriculum and instruction as outlined by CASEL:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision making

Learn more about these competencies in these blog posts:

SEL Addressed in Lessons

The HealthSmart Emotional & Mental Health units for High School and Middle School cover all of the SEL competencies. Lessons throughout HealthSmart K-5 also cover SEL.

View the lessons by grade to get:

  • An overview of the lesson
  • Lesson objectives
  • Healthy behavior outcomes
  • National Health Education Standard (NHES) alignment

Would you like to see the full list of lessons aligned for each grade level within the HealthSmart program? 


SEL Outcomes and Impact 

What happens when we fully engage with our students on an emotional level? CASEL has been doing research on this over the past two decades and has discovered some very compelling information:

CASEL Video Benefits of SEL
  • Leads to improved academic outcomes and improved student behaviors
  • Has long-term impacts (up to 18 years later on academics, conduct problems, emotional distress and drug use)
  • Has an 11:1 return on investment, meaning for every dollar invested, there is an $11 return
  • Can help reduce poverty and improve economic mobility, along with improving lifetime outcomes
  • Read more from CASEL 

Additional SEL Resources

There is an abundance of resources available to help you navigate your pathway to social and emotional learning. Here's a collection of some key resources we've gathered for you. 



Download HealthSmart & SEL Lesson Alignment

HealthSmart has 276 lessons aligned with the core SEL competencies.
Download and review HealthSmart K-12 list of lessons aligned with SEL.