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  • ExCEL Program Manager Institute Day 1 (7/24)

Social Emotional Learning


Social emotional learning (SEL) skills are key attitudes and mindsets that position staff and students for success. SFUSD utilizes a framework of 4 core skill areas that can be integrated into ExCEL program design, infused into staff development, and modeled in daily interactions with students.

ExCEL programs are already well-positioned to succeed at SEL integration, with their commitment to youth development, and to the ongoing reflection and growth that is inherent in the QAP process. We hope that SEL becomes a useful and inspiring lens through which to view your program, one that leads to life-changing experiences for youth and staff in your programs.


Students with a growth mindset believe that ability can change as a result of effort, perseverance, and practice. They frequently say “Math is hard, but if I keep trying, I can get better at it.” Students with a growth mindset see mistakes as ways to learn, embrace challenges, and persist in the face of setbacks. (Transforming Education)


Self-efficacy is the believe in one’s ability to succeed in achieving and outcome or reaching a goal. An internal belief, self-efficacy is related to whether a student believes that s/he has sufficient control over his/her environment in order to succeed. High self-efficacy reflects confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behavior and environment and allows students to become advocates for their own needs and supports. (Transforming Education)


Self-management, which is also referred to as “self-control” or “self-regulation,” is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, delaying gratification, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward personal and academic goals. Students with strong self-management skills arrive to class prepared, pay attention, follow directions, allow others to speak without interruption, and work independently with focus. (Transforming Education)


Social Awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. (Transforming Education)