Social and emotional learning, the process by which students gain awareness, arrangement skills, social relationships and emotions, helps students become better at managing their lives (and schooling) successfully. Through the development of these skills, students are able to gain awareness and management of their emotions, start taking other individuals into account, make better decisions, display moral and responsible behavior, develop positive relationships and avoiding negative behavior. Oftentimes, individuals require assistance to meet their social and emotional learning needs for use within academic settings. Programs such as SLANT, Possible Selves, Self-Advocacy, The Progress Program, and Community Building and Cooperative Thinking Strategies developed by researchers from the Center for Research on Learning, help students develop these skills that are critical for academic success.

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