The Marathon Mantras Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) (2020), social emotional learning is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities (CASEL, 2020). 

CASEL framework includes five areas of competence, self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and decision making. The Marathon Mantras addresses three of those competencies, self awareness, self management and decision making. 


Self Awareness: The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose. Such as: 

  • Integrating personal and social identities
  • Identifying one’s emotions
  • Linking feelings, values, and thoughts
  • Experiencing self-efficacy
  • Having a growth mindset
  • Developing interests and a sense of purpose

Self Management: The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. Such as: 

  • Managing one’s emotions
  • Identifying and using stress-management strategies
  • Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation
  • Setting personal goals
  • Using planning and organizational skills
  • Showing the courage to take initiative
  • Demonstrating personal agency

Responsible Decision Making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations. This includes the capacities to consider ethical standards and safety concerns, and to evaluate the benefits and consequences of various actions for personal, social, and collective well-being. Such as: 

  • Demonstrating curiosity and open-mindedness
  • Identifying solutions for personal problems
  • Anticipating and evaluating the consequences of one’s actions

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