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.



Self-Management refers to a student’s ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, delaying gratification, motivating oneself, and setting and working towards personal and academic goals. Students with strong self-management skills are attentive and can work independently with focus.


Students with strong self-efficacy have confidence in their ability to succeed and to exert control over their own motivation, behavior, and environment. Self-efficacy is the belief in one’s own ability to succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal, and
reflects confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behavior, and environment.

Social Awareness

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.

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities can grow with effort. Students with a growth mindset believe that their abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed through effort. Students with a growth mindset see effort as necessary for success, embrace challenges, learn from criticism, and persist in the face of setbacks.


Chinatown YMCA's Jean Parker After School Program provides many opportunities for their students to learn though hands on projects. Check out their video to see a snapshot of what they have been doing!

Balboa's After School Program sets an example of what being kind is all about with a random act of kindness activity. Program students worked hard to include the entire school of students and staff to make their Valentine's Day a special one!

McKinley and Webster's After School Programs focus on SEL in their theme based curriculum.

A.P. Giannini’s (APG) After School Staff shared their #HAYisBAE event during ExCEL’s December Meeting- creating an environment that provided us an opportunity to have fun and practice healthy activities.

The last SEL Meeting in April reviewed the four SEL skills focused on during the school year: Growth, Self-Management, Self Efficacy, and Social Awareness. Ggrade levels reviewed the four components in different ways.

The first ExCEL SEL meeting for the 2017 has taken off with Self Efficacy, which promotes the belief that you can succeed in achieving an outcome or reaching a goal.

December marked the end of the Fall semester and also the last ExCEL SEL Meeting of 2016! Our December SEL Meeting focused on self-management.

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