Art of Me aligns with the social emotional learning core competencies as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Students and teachers are able to use these social and emotional skills to respond to daily challenges and conflicts. Why SEL? Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) 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.₁ SEL Impact is Short Term, Long-Term and Global According to a 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of British Columbia. Up to 18 years later, students exposed to SEL in school continue to excel more than their peers in positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics.