explaining EQ & social-emotional learning

EQ is now widely acknowledged as equally important (and many argue, more so) than IQ – and as increasingly key to both personal life and professional success.

Taught properly and universally, EQ skills help kids and adults

  • Feel much better after learning to manage negative emotions and self-defeating behaviors.
  • Get along better naturally – more lovingly and caringly.
  • Think, decide, and act more clearly, empathetically, creatively and intuitively.
  • Solve problems without resorting to violence or abuse.
  • Soar in school and work, and thereby reduce poverty.
  • Enjoy more harmonious homes, marriages / partnerships, and workplaces.
  • Experience measurably improved mental and physical health.
  • Largely leave behind race, gender, and ethnic biases and hurts.
  • Realize significant declines in drug usage, crime, sexual abuse and violence against women and children.

All this can lead to the development of the most mentally and emotionally healthy generations ever.

We designed this website to be an eye-opener. You’ll see why families, businesses, and legislators will benefit greatly from supporting universal Social-Emotional Learning to teach EQ skills.

PARENTS – Don’t miss the EQ at home resources.

the tremendous upside of gaining EQ skills.

let's start with EQ.

“Emotional Intelligence” as a concept gained broad public attention with the publication of Daniel Goleman’s New York Times bestseller of the same name in 1995.

EQ (as many now refer to Emotional Intelligence) is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.”

This chart shows the core competencies supported by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The two inner rings represent areas in which schools ideally will adopt policies and procedures that further the potential of students to experience and practice EQ skills outside of classroom environments.

what kids learn through Social-Emotional Learning.

Self-awareness: Accurately recognizing and identifying one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.

Self-management: Regulating one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations.

Social awareness: Taking the perspective of and empathizing with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures; understanding social and ethical norms for behavior; and recognizing where there are family, school, and community resources and supports.

Relationship skills: Establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships and collaborations with diverse individuals and groups and learning not to take other’s behaviors personally. Includes the skill called “active listening.”

Responsible decision making:  Making constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on learning to consider ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the well-being of self and others, and to realistically evaluate the consequences of various actions.

✤Problem Solving: Identifying and solving problems and analyzing situations from a reflective sensibility

✤Growth Mindset:  The belief and accompanying learned skills to set goals and grow your talents with persistence efforts  – and by embracing challenges and setbacks as crucial learning opportunities.