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Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and apply 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. 

Hamilton Southeastern Schools believes that these skills along with academic knowledge will prepare our students to succeed in life beyond their school years.  Social and emotional skills are often referred to as one’s emotional intelligence or EQ.  According to CASEL there is growing research that suggests the IQ and EQ are connected and both critical in the development of the “whole child.” Research shows that students with strong SEL skills have increased academic performance and are less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors.

Updated Feb 2021: Downloadable SEL White Paper


We Got This

With every new school year, we know that our students will face a myriad of stressors. Together we can help build the resilience needed to not only cope with stress, but to thrive.
You’ll hear more about the ways HSE educators support student success—not just academically, but also socially and emotionally. We know that every child is more than grades and test scores.  We also know that the most current research in our field is clear: students need a wide array of strengths to succeed in life. We’re studying the research and responding with supports and learning experiences to help all HSE students strengthen social skills and build resilience.
With you as our partners, we can prepare children to forge relationships, build communities, and handle the challenges of life after HSE. Please share with us triumphs you child experiences throughout the year. Not only in academics, but also in moments of kindness, challenge, teamwork and perseverance.  Together #WeGotThis

Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ efforts are funded through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students. Learn more at