Guideline 1. Educators at all levels need explicit plans to help students become knowledgeable, responsible, and caring. Efforts are needed to build and reinforce skills in four major domains of SEL:
- Life skills and social competencies
- Health-promotion and problem-prevention skills
- Coping skills and social support for transitions and crises
- Positive, contributory service
Guideline 2. Successful efforts to build social and emotional skills are linked to developmental milestones as well as the need to help students cope with ongoing life events and local circumstances.