Resources for Social Emotional Learning

  1. Assessment Tools
  2. Curriculum
  3. Professional Development and Certification Training
  4. Parenting Education
  5. Higher Education
  6. Additional Resources

Assessment Tools

6seconds_model-clearWe recommend measuring the emotional intelligence of teachers, administrators, and even parents to support a holistic approach.  The SEI-YV, our Emotional Intelligence Assessment, Youth Version, measures five essential “life barometers” (such as achievement and health).  These outcomes are hallmarks of effective implementation of social emotional learning.The SEI, like the YV, puts emotional intelligence into a context of important life and work outcomes by measuring both the competencies of EQ and key success factors.

In addition, a systemic implementation will examine the overall school climate.  EVS, or Educational Vital Signs, is a normed, validated assessment of school climate.  The tool surveys students, teachers, staff, parents, administrators, and other community members about key elements of a safe and effective learning environment. 


Self-Science_cover_transpWe believe that effective SEL programs are living and evolving, so we recommend using a blend of curricular resources including lessons created by teachers trained to do so. There is a free library of resources and shared lessons on our web community site.

The Self-Science process is a proven approach to SEL, launched in 1967 and first published in 1978, it is one of the pioneering programs in this arena (see History for more)

There is additional SEL curricula available from the EQ Store. We also recommend reviewing the free resources for SEL from the project.

Training and Certification

Free Online

This is our free 6-module online course for educators who want to learn about Why, What, and How SEL. The content of iSEL was developed by a community of EQ experts. Visit to access iSEL. SEL Toolbox offers lessons for educators to support them to effectively use the resources on the InspirED site. It’s also on  


To get started with using assessments, Six Seconds offers a 1-day Education Profiler course in various cities around the world. See the event calendar.

Certificationsocial emotional learning process

Six Seconds offers dozens of opportunities each year, both in person and online, to become certified to teach, coach and assess using our powerful processes and programs. We offer the powerful EQTE: EQ Tools for Education, which includes the opportunity to become an EQ Assessor and learn to administer the youth emotional intelligence assessment (SEI-Youth Version, ages 7-18) and the SEI and SEI-360, as well as our school climate survey, the Education Vital Signs (EVS). 


For Families and Parenting Educators

We have some excellent resources for parents and parenting eSKU93_FamilyEQ-Bookducators. EQ for Families Workshops: Empathy, Emotional Literacy, Optimism and Accountability Workshops.  This curriculum series is an excellent foundation for creating a systematic approach to teaching the skills of EQ to parents and caregivers.  It is essential for effective implementation that they are enrolled in the vision of SEL, learn a common vocabulary, and work to model the skills for youth in partnership with the school.  

For Higher Education

Higher Education EQ Network – on, join a group for faculty, administrators, and students in higher education to discuss the integration of EQ into post-secondary programs.

Additional Resources

More Books and ActivitiesBooks, Cards & Discs from the EQ Store

Six Seconds Research and Practice Publications – published articles about the Six Seconds model and how it relates to SEL.

Webinar Recordings

Parenting with Emotional Intelligence – Webinar with Annette Goodman – What happens to childrens’ emotional balance when parents are not handling their own emotions skillfully?

Developing a Resilient Mindset in Our Children. Meg Price. If you’re not failing, you’re not learning… but we want our kids to succeed, right??

Brainstorm: Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain:AA034215 Dan Seigel, MD: Power of the Adolescent Mind. What does neuroscience tell us about supporting teens as courageous, creative, powerful people?

We Teach Who We Are.Candice Smith:  How do we we recognize who we are, what holds us back and how to transcend these to empower those we teach?


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