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Table 1 SEL core competencies (CASEL 2012)

From: Fostering socio-emotional learning through early childhood intervention

Competency Description Examples
Self-awareness The ability to accurately evaluate one’s own thoughts, emotions, abilities, and values Emotion identification, self-confidence
Self-management The ability to effectively regulate one’s own thoughts, emotions, and actions in different scenarios Impulse control, stress management
Social awareness The ability to empathize with individuals from diverse backgrounds and to understand societal norms for behavior Perspective-taking, showing respect to others
Relationship skills The ability to initiate and maintain healthy relationships Communicating clearly, constructively navigating conflict
Responsible decision-making The ability to make healthy, informed choices Identifying problems, analyzing the potential consequences of a decision