SEL Resource Categories

Below are descriptions of the SEL resource categories used on our list of remote learning free SEL resources from member organizations of the SEL Providers Association.



  • For Educators: Resources designed to be initiated and paced for students by educators and intended to be inserted into educators’ weekly curriculum for students.
  • Parents & Caregivers: Resources that need a guide-at-the-side at home as students engage with the material.
  • Students: Resources that can be self-initiated by students.

Grade Levels

  • Pre-K: Pre-kindergarten
  • K-5: Kindergarten through grade 5 (elementary school)
  • 6-8: Grades 6 through 8 (middle school)
  • 9-12: Grades 9 through 12 (high school)

SEL Competencies

  • Self-Awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
  • Self-Management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
  • Social Awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
  • Relationship Skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
  • Responsible Decision-Making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.


  • Lesson: a single lesson
  • Unit: an extended module or curriculum unit that may include multiple lessons
  • Activity: a purposeful task, series of tasks, or process
  • Tool: a support for learning (e.g., graphic organizer, conversation guide, chart, visual aid, etc.)