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Social Emotional Learning Defined

CASEL defines SEL as "The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills 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." Socially and emotionally competent children and youth are self-aware, socially aware, able to regulate their emotions, have good relationship skills, and demonstrate responsible decision making at home, school, and in the community. (


NDMTSS SEL Learning Goals & Scales


The NDMTSS SEL Goals provide ND school districts and educators a framework to guide quality explicit instruction of social and emotional learning skills to foster an engaging school climate for all students, guide selection of evidence-based programs and steer professional learning with regards to SEL in ND.

The developed learning goals provide reasonable expectations for what ND students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade span. Collaboration within the classroom, school environment, homes, and communities is essential for students to reach their fullest potential.

Social and Emotional Learning

Leading Implementation of Systemic SEL Course

Designed to support district, and in some instances, school building leadership teams, in creating the conditions for optimizing social-emotional learning through the application of the NDMTSS Essential Components and continuous improvement. Investigation of the four approaches to SEL, evidence-based programs and practices supporting SEL, and translating current educational research to practice in an attempt to impact outcomes for all students is the focus. This training is most effective when paired with ND SEL Network membership.

ND SEL Network

North Dakota has established a community of practice for teams of ND educators. This collaborative, ongoing space assists ND school representatives in sharing experiences, celebrating successes, and problem solving perceived barriers related to the systemic implementation of SEL.

Network members receive support and tools in many ways including:

  • Summits to Connect & Inspire: Semi-annual collaborations for ND educators focused on SEL-targeted local innovations.
  • Resources Review to Research & Explore: Quarterly selection and review of resources supporting evidence-based, best practices related to SEL implementation.
  • Coaching Calls to Engage & Advance: Quarterly, district/school-specific coaching to advance local goals.

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Recent News and Events

Visualizing and Understanding the NDMTSS Academic Strand.

Understand the courses your team will participate in and what outcomes to expect.
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Implementing Systemic SEL Course Begins...

Four teams and 23 total participants took the step to create the conditions for optimizing SEL through the application of the NMDTSS Essential Components and continuous improvement.
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