The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) launched a five-part webinar series titled SEL as a Lever for Equity. The series focuses on prioritizing equity and racial justice through the lens of social and emotional learning (SEL).

Watch CASEL’s free webinar series here:

CASEL offers free webinars on a variety of topics every Friday, and you can watch on demand here.

Equity and SEL

Conscious Discipline believes that trauma-responsive social and emotional learning (SEL) is a lens through which transformational change in the areas of racial equality, equity and inclusion is not only possible, but essential.

As CASEL points out, SEL can be a powerful lever for advancing equity. Empathy, inclusion and unity are built into the foundation of Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline helps adults create healthy, connected communities that support every individual in fulfilling their maximum potential. Both adults and children who practice SEL skills learn to manage their feelings, improve their communication and problem-solving abilities, and examine other perspectives.

In schools, SEL implementation fosters an equitable environment where students from all backgrounds feel welcome, accepted and valued.  Conscious Discipline empowers adults to help every child feel safe and connected enough to learn and thrive. SEL helps to close opportunity gaps and level the playing field.

However, Conscious Discipline recognizes that SEL alone isn’t enough to resolve longstanding inequities. We must directly promote equity, listen and learn from one another, and have conversations that feel challenging or uncomfortable. Read more about Conscious Discipline’s organizational next steps here.

We hope that this resource—and the others we will continue to share—will support educators and parents in leading important conversations about equity, justice and anti-racism.