Social Emotional Health Resources

2020 Virginia Mental Wellness/Social Emotional Skills Standards of Learning

The Virginia Health Education Standards of Learning (SOLs) were updated and adopted in 2020. Refer to the 2020 Virginia Standards of Learning for Mental Wellness/Social and Emotional Skills document for a list of related standards by grade level/strand.

Additional Health Smart Virginia lessons related to Mental Wellness/Social Emotional Skills can be found using the Resources by Topic search on the Health Smart Virginia homepage or on each grade level page of Health Smart Virginia.


Social-Emotional Learning:  What is SEL and Why it Matters 

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  CASEL endorses the five core competencies of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills as contributors to both academic and social success.  For additional information, visit the CASEL website. Additionally, CASEL has outlined Teaching Activities to Support Core SEL Competencies.

More Background Resources on School Based Social Emotional Learning


Spotlight Videos – 5 Core Social Emotional Competencies

8 Classroom Practices for Inclusive and Safe Learning Environments

  1. Arrange Orderly Physical Environment
  2. Define, Teach, and Acknowledge Rules and Expectations
  3. Define, Teach Classroom Routines
  4. Employ Active Supervision
  5. Provide Contingent Praise for Appropriate Behavior
  6. Continuum of Response Strategies for Inappropriate Behaviors
  7. Class-wide Group Contingencies
  8. Multiple Opportunities to Respond


Selected Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Instructional Resources


Self-Awareness:  Theory and Definition Video

Social Awareness

Social Awareness:  Definitions, Examples and Theories Video

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision Making


More Resources to Address Various SEL Competencies

Videos and Presentations

Breathing, Mindfulness, Calming


Instructional Resources – Lessons, Activities

Health Smart Virginia SEL Lesson Plans and Resources

Searchable Lesson Sites

By the Numbers

Conversation Starters


Miscellaneous Articles