Casel’s 5 competencies

The five main categories for social and emotional skills identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)*.

*Collaborative Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL)


  • Integrating personal and social identities
  • Identifying personal, cultural and linguistic Assets
  • Identifying one’s emotions
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity
  • Linking feelings, values and thoughts
  • Examining prejudices and biases
  • Experiencing self-efficacy
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Developing interests and sense of purpose


  • Managing one’s emotions
  • Identifying and using stress-management strategies
  • Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation
  • Setting personal and collective goals
  • Using planning and organizational skills
  • Showing the courage to take initiative
  • Demonstrating personal and collective agency

Social awareness

  • Taking others’ perspectives
  • Recognizing strengths in others Showing empathy and compassion
  • Showing concerns for the feeling of others
  • Understanding and expressing gratitude
  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones
  • Recognizing situational demands and opportunities
  • Understanding the influences of organizations/systems on behavior

Relationship skills

  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Demonstrating cultural competency
  • Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem-solving
  • Resolving conflicts constructively
  • Resisting negative social pressure
  • Showing leadership in groups
  • Seeking or offering support and help when needed
  • Standing up

Responsible decision

  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Identifying solutions for personal and social problems
  • Learning to make a reasoned judgment after analyzing information, data, facts
  • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions
  • Recognizing how critical thinking skills are useful both inside & outside of school
  • Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family, and community well-being
  • Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts

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