About SEL

Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.

This description of SEL is sourced from What is SEL? – CASEL School guide  Visit the CASEL site for detailed information about SEL Core Competence areas and what role schools play in promoting SEL.

Since 2003

CASEL has been publishing its reviews of research evidence and features of SEL programs to help schools choose effective programs to support students’ positive social and emotional development and academic performance.

The Lions Quest programs Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence have been reviewed by CASEL and endorsed as effective programs.

Visit the CASEL Program Guide for the full reviews:


Lions Quest SEL Curriculum lessons are based on CASEL’s five core competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision making

Case Study

Year 4 students starting off the school year with Skills for Growing!

Bek Brown, Director of Wellbeing, Hills Christian Community School, SA explains how Lions Quest is being used at their school…

“There are so many SEL programs out there that are targeted for schools that it can feel overwhelming and very difficult to pick one. I was searching for a program that would teach students explicit social and emotional skills, while still being engaging and fun.

After going to the Lions Quest training day in September, I was confident that I had found such a program for our school. The curriculum is extremely user-friendly and educators have commented to me that “it is the best SEL program they have come across” and that their students are really enjoying it.

I particularly like the take home worksheets to help families build on what their children are learning in Lions Quest lessons at school. There is no doubt that we need to equip students for life beyond the classroom and Lions Quest – Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence help to do just that.”