Background of Michigan Early Childhood–Grade 12 SEL Efforts As a first step to encouraging educators and caregivers to approach teaching and learning with a holistic lens that addresses both human and academic development, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) developed the Early Childhood to Grade 12 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies.
These SEL Competencies provide a framework to help educators and caregivers understand learners’ developmental progression of social and emotional skills from birth through Grade 12, as well as skill-building strategies to support successful mastery of college and career readiness standards. Representatives from various offices within MDE, such as Office of Special Education, Office of Early Childhood and Great Start, Office of Professional Preparation, and Office of Field Servicescontributed to the development of the SEL Competencies. In combination with the Michigan Health Education Standards, the SEL Competencies help support a well-rounded education that teaches to the whole child and is in line with Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan.
When caregivers and schools focus on the development of the whole child, utilizing SEL competencies to guide instruction and interactions with children and students, academic achievement improves, as well as the skills needed for college and career readiness. To further support the connection between the academic achievement and SEL competencies, MDE, in collaboration with educators across the state, developed a crosswalk between Michigan’s academic standards and SEL competencies.
MDE also developed a toolkit to support schools and youth-serving organizations to implement practices that support the SEL competencies, Connecting Social and Emotional Learning to Michigan’s School Improvement Framework, which provides activities, tools and resources about ways in which to integrate SEL across the 10 standards found within Michigan’s School Improvement Framework.