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SELENA – Social Emotional Learning Enhancement Application

Curriculum Outline


School Goals

Each school is unique and the SELENA curriculum can be customized to accommodate the school’s culture, student base, teaching staff, community, short-term and long-term goals.

One can rank the goals below in order of importance from 1 to 7, with 1 being most important:

  • Develop school culture
  • Increase student engagement
  • Create engaging experiences
  • Student development
  • Improve test scores
  • Enhance overall school curriculum retainment
  • Improve school safety / reduce violence

5 Core Topics

Definition: Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

In order to establish a formal, organized and structured approach to Social Emotional Learning, the topic has been broken into five categories:

Self-Awareness The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values along with the ability to understand how they impact their behavior. It requires students to identify their strengths, weaknesses and external limitations. The goal of this module is to help students to maximize their strengths and minimize their shortcomings.
Self-Management It is the commitment to take responsibility for one’s behavior. This skill teaches students how to effectively control their emotions and make choices that lead them closer to their long-term goals, instead of procrastinating or making instantly gratifying choices that have detrimental impacts on long-term goals. This module will lay the foundation for positive decision making and provide students with the tools to create a self-controlled action plan, create a schedule to accomplish that plan and identify roadblocks to completing their action plan.
Social-Awareness The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This topic will ask students to consider social and ethical norms. It will also ask questions to help students to identify where their support systems are in their community, families and school.
Relationship Management The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. These lessons will challenge students to be intentional about their relationships with others and the community that they create. Students will learn how to set boundaries and goals in each relationship they pursue.
Effective Decision Making The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns and social norms. This exercise will give students a problem, while also asking them to evaluate what the solution should be and what potential consequences that decision could have on their long-term goals.

The SELENA program consists of two elements, the educational component, and the training component. Enhancing Social Emotional Learning skills can be compared to learning how to cook. One does not improve their cooking skills by only reading and reciting a cookbook, but also by working the stove, spending time in the kitchen and practicing.

3 Components

1. Educational Component

  • What are the definitions of each topic and subtopic
  • Why these 5 topics are important
  • When, Where and with Whom would these skills be applied

2. Training Component

How – Learning how to apply SEL can be engaging and entertaining. Each exercise empowers the learner with experience. The 5 core topics are broken into 65+ classes that can be delivered in ten (10) to fifteen (15) minute increments. This enables the teaching staff to control the pace and depth of the training. The entire curriculum is at your disposal, and the school’s administration and teaching staff are provided with guidance, but ultimately have discretion on which modules are deployed.

3. Testing Component 

Both pre-tests and post-tests are important aspects of measuring whether outcomes have met learning objectives or not. Each module offers options for testing and test results can be analyzed and reported. 

65 Modules 

Classes / Lesson Plans


  • The Growth Mindset
  • Knowing & Noticing Your Own Emotions
  • Identifying Your Character Traits
  • Managing Your Anger
  • Finding Happiness
  • Addressing Your Fear & Anxiety
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Facing Sadness
  • How Your Brain Works
  • State of Mind
  • Memory Focus
  • Core Needs


  • Aiming for Personal Resilience
  • Self Talk
  • Capturing & Controlling Thoughts
  • Moving to Your Favorite State of Mind
  • Benefits of Gratitude
  • Recognizing & Avoiding Negativity
  • Embracing Change
  • Top Chef – Cutting Doubt & Fear to Pieces
  • Pump Up the Volume – Expand positive emotions; confidence, trust, empathy, tolerance.
  • Treasure Hunt – Find the Positive (Family Feud format)
  • The Math of Emotions (Negative Math & Balancing Equations)
  • Journaling Events & Emotions (Rose of The Day Journal)
  • Practice What You Teach (Teacher Only module)


  • Spotting Hidden Emotions
  • The Foundations of a Relationship
  • Establishing Commonality
  • Establishing & Nurturing Relationships
  • Developing Social Awareness
  • Teamwork & Good vs Great Teams
  • Practicing Empathy vs Sympathy
  • Diversity vs Prejudice


  • Healthy vs Unhealthy Disagreements
  • Social Communication Skills
  • Identifying & Preventing Bullying
  • Dealing with Issues & Conflict
  • Seeking Compromise
  • Power of Forgiveness
  • The Golden Rule
  • Complimenting Others
  • Active Listening – Listen vs Wait to Talk
  • Be the Change – How to Intervene & Change a Negative Conversation
  • Apologies – Giving & Accepting
  • Practice What You Teach (Teacher Only module)
  • Working in Circles
  • The Empathy Song (Elementary)
  • Blame VS Responsibility


  • Setting Goals & Discovering Inspiration
  • Magic Wand – 3 Wishes
  • Dare to Day Dream (& document it)
  • Daily Dream Document
  • Quote of The Day – Read It & Write It
  • Math Time for Time Math
  • 100 Questions & 100 Solutions
  • Thinking Win/Win
  • The Ben Franklin Method
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Drugs & Alcohol (age specific)
  • How to Prioritize
  • Facing Procrastination
  • Critical Thinking
  • Thinking Small = Thinking Big
  • Sleep, Rest, Diet, Exercise

Tracking Results

Based upon the goals established and the training exercises selected, result reporting shall be customized for each individual school. Quizzes can be added to both the education component and the training component, or kept out completely. Participation in each exercise can be tracked, as well as overall classroom participation, total minutes of use as well as minutes per module.

Principals & administrators, teachers, counselors and parents may all request access to performance results and progress.


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