Getting Started

What is Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an education practice that integrates  social and emotional skills into school curricula to help students grow in self-regulation and self-management, and to support learning objectives.

Social-Emotional Learning Foundations (SELF) was developed through years of research to promote social-emotional development for kindergarten and first-grade children at early risk for emotional and/or behavioral challenges. This social-emotional learning curriculum differs from other targeted interventions by
(a) including a universal component and
(b) integrating social-emotional learning with literacy instruction to strengthen language important to the development of social-emotional competence and self-regulation.

About SELF

Getting Started with SELF

The SELF curriculum uses children’s books to foster positive social-emotional development and literacy in grades K and 1. The video resources and downloads on this page will help to guide you as you implement SELF in your classroom.

View our Professional Development Video Series to gain access to the complete curriculum

Video Resources

Sample virtual small group lesson:


Scope and Sequence

Sample Curricula