Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and even adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically.
They are the skills that allow children to calm themselves when angry, make friends, resolve conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices.
Social and Emotional Learning can include directly teaching children these skills, using existing academic curriculum to highlight and teach important life skills, and building a school environment that continually fosters and promotes these skills by the very nature of how adults and children learn to interact with each other. 
First and foremost, Social and Emotional Learning aligns with and reinforces the moral, spiritual and social values at the core of Catholic education.
Additionally, given the extensive Social and Emotional Learning research that demonstrates significant increases in standardized test scores, improvements in productive relationships, and decreases in disruptive behavior, it is now clear that SEL should become a more central aspect of learning for AACA students, parents and faculty.