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Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning Framework
A Synergistic Pairing

The Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning to allow for the intentional application of appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with the overarching goal of enhancing Arts Education.

Arts Educators often address different aspects of the SEL in their everyday practice either through individual or across multiple competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making). In some cases, these competencies are being addressed in a tacit way, without making explicit connections to the visual and performing arts standards.

This framework is the result of careful consideration of the synergistic connections between the five SEL competencies and the eleven anchor standards in the visual and performing arts. The essential questions and enduring understandings that resulted from a detailed crosswalk provide a clear understanding of these connections. The Framework, including lesson examples, provides Arts Educators a greater understanding of how SEL connects to and influences the artistic process. The Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning Framework is designed to empower Arts Educators to intentionally embed social-emotional learning.