Zaner-Bloser Mindscapes Becoming Our Best Selves

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Explore the Research and Evidence Behind Mindscapes

Research strongly suggests that when students are well versed in SEL competencies, they perform better academically. Read on to find research supporting the benefits of social-emotional learning for students’ academic and personal growth.

In 2017, a 28-member Council of Distinguished Scientists examined the relevant evidence regarding SEL across a range of disciplines and concluded that social and emotional competencies are essential to learning; positive development; and success in school, careers, and life.*

Proof Positive

A report from Learning Policy Institute finds consistent evidence that SEL programs have a positive impact on student outcomes … including increases in engagement in learning and improvements in cognitive and academic performance.

Read the Report

*Greenberg, Mark T. “Evidence for Social and Emotional Learning in Schools.” Learning Policy Institute. March 6, 2023.

The Power of Interconnected Learning

Social-emotional learning helps students develop the learning mindset traits (like purpose, curiosity, flexibility) they need for academic learning success. These three elements are in constant flux for every student.

Learning Mindset. Academic Learning. Social-Emotional Learning.

Mindscapes helps students learn to balance skills and mindset for the most positive outcomes!

CASEL Competencies

The SEL competencies cited in Mindscapes are defined by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) as capabilities students should know and be able to demonstrate for academic success, school and civic engagement, health and wellness, and fulfilling careers.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Also known as the CASEL 5, CASEL avows these competencies are applicable across developmental stages from childhood through adulthood and translate across diverse cultures and contexts.

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How Mindscapes Aligns to CASEL Competencies

Each Mindscapes Activity Card targets at least one CASEL SEL competency.

CASEL Alignment

Download a chart showing the inclusion of CASEL competencies among the Activity Cards in each Mindscape.

Grades K–5

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