Leaps is particularly well-aligned with the CASEL core competencies, in fact our tools extend even beyond this important framework.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) outlines five core competencies of social and emotional learning (SEL). Each one is defined by a number of abilities necessary to achieve that competency.

Leaps goes a few steps further, breaking the core CASEL competencies down into very specific micro-skills. Our curricula and tools uniquely empower educators to measure and teach these micro-skills (many of which actually advance more than one core competency).

Leaps & CASEL: Common Goals

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  • As students learn and master each skill with Leaps, they undergo the social and emotional evolution necessary for success with family, peer groups, school, work and society as a whole.

  • Leaps is built on more than 25 years of real-world application in education, behavioral methods and mental health.

  • Our lesson plans and assessment tools make social and emotional learning more practical for teachers and more accessible for students.

 

Click the CASEL Core Competency below to see how LEAPS lessons correlate

LEAPS provides very specific micro-skill lessons for each competency. Each micro-skill can apply or contribute to the mastery of more than one Core Competency. See below for how these lessons correlate. Keep in mind that they are provided in a variety of formats, customized for age and maturity level, including the high school years, through 12th grade.

SELF-AWARENESS

Subcategories: Identifying emotions, accurate self-perception, recognizing strengths, self-confidence, self-efficacy

LEAPS addresses this CASEL core competency with these lessons:

  • Making New Friends
  • Understanding Stress
  • Controlling the Day
  • Understanding Personal Emotions
  • Controlling Yourself
  • Knowing What I Need
  • Having a Better Attitude
  • Finding Common Interests with Others
  • Setting Personal Goals for a Social Life
  • Setting Personal Boundaries
  • Saying “No” and Respecting Yourself
  • The Need for Attention
  • Self-Discipline
  • Managing Personal Limitations
  • Personal Accountability
  • Goal Setting for Task Completion
  • Setting Priorities
  • Calming Down when Taking a Test
  • Liking Yourself
  • Building Self Esteem
  • Setting Personal Standards
  • Defining Personal Expectations and Quality
  • Understanding the Need for Personal Hygiene
  • Receiving Criticism
  • Decision Making Process
  • Understanding Personal Responsibility
  • Silent Emotional Management
  • How Your Appearance Communicates Your Attitude
  • Self-Expression
  • Receiving Compliments
    SELF-MANAGEMENT

    Subcategories: Impusle control, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, goal-setting and organizational skill

    LEAPS addresses this CASEL core competency with these lessons:

    • Silent Emotional Management
    • Applying Emotional Management Skills
    • Communicating One on One
    • Communicating with a Teacher or Boss
    • Self-Expression
    • Receiving Instructions
    • Decision Making Process
    • Problem Solving Process
    • Living with a Mistake
    • Being a Friend vs.Being Used
    • Understanding Personal Responsibility
    • Personal Accountability
    • The Need for Time Management
    • Goal Setting for Task Completion
    • Setting Priorities
    • Time Management and Friends
    • Self-Discipline
    • Managing Distractions
    • Setting Personal Goals
    • Setting Personal Boundaries
    • Saying “No” to a Friend
    • Friends and the Classroom
    • Calming Down to Take a Test
    • Making a Mistake
    • The Rights and Responsibilities of the Student
    • Standards of Conduct
    • Controlling Yourself

     

        SOCIAL AWARENESS

        Subcategories: Perspective-taking, empathy, appreciaing diversity and respect for others

        LEAPS addresses this CASEL core competency with these lessons:

        • Making New Friends
        • The Responsibility of Friendship
        • Helping a Friend in Need
        • Friends and Family
        • Being a Friend vs Being Used
        • Friends and the Classroom
        • Understanding Respect
        • Showing Respect for Other People
        • Using Language to Convey Respect
        • Respecting Someone Else’s Property
        • Recognizing Cultural and Racial Differences
        • The Repercussions of Racial Intolerance
        • Having Pride in Your Personal Heritage
        • Living with Diversity: School and Community
        • Personal Space
        • Appropriate Conversation
        • Talking to Strangers
        • Communicating by Listening
        • The Process of Group Communication
        • Using Manners in a Crowd
        • Being Aware of Other People
        • When Someone Says “No”
        • Communicating with the Opposite Sex
        • Time Management and Friends
        • Finding Common Interests with Others
        • Reading the People Around You
        • How Emotions Affect Your Social Life
        • Saying No
            RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

            Subcategories: Communication, social engagement, relationship-building and teamwork

            LEAPS addresses this CASEL core competency with these lessons:

            • Making New Friends
            • The Responsibility of Friendship
            • Helping a Friend in Need
            • Friends and Family
            • Saying “No” to a Friend
            • Being a Friend vs Being Used
            • Friends and the Classroom
            • Showing Respect for Other People
            • Using Language to Convey Respect
            • Respecting Someone Else’s Property
            • The Process of Sharing
            • Having a Better Attitude
            • When Someone Else is Wrong
            • Personal Space
            • Communicating One on One
            • Body Language

             

            • Communicating by Listening
            • Using Manners in a Crowd
            • Reading Body Language
            • Receiving Compliments
            • Receiving Criticism
            • Finding Common Interests with Others
            • Reading the People Around You
            • Social Expectations for Physical Communication
            • Social Expectations for Verbal Communication
            • How Emotions Effect Your Social Life
            • Saying No
            • Understanding No
            • Appropriate Conversation
            • How Your Appearance Communicates Your Attitude
            • Talking to Strangers

             

                RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING

                Subcategories: Perspective-taking, empathy, appreciating diversity and respect for others

                LEAPS addresses this CASEL core competency with these lessons:

                • Decision Making Process
                • Making Informed Decisions
                • Decisions and Consequences
                • Problem Solving Process
                • Living with a Mistake
                • Understanding Personal Responsibility
                • Reactions Leading to Consequences
                • Personal Accountability
                • Goal Setting for Task Completion
                • Self-Discipline
                • Setting Priorities
                • Understanding Your Community: The Positives

                 

                • Understanding Your Community: The Negatives
                • Public Expectations for Behaviors
                • Setting Personal Goals for Social Life
                • Setting Personal Boundaries
                • Communicating by Listening
                • How Your Appearance Communicates Your Attitude
                • Being Aware of Other People
                • Hearing Someone Else
                • Recognizing and Avoiding Potential Problems
                • Making a Mistake
                • When Someone Else is Wrong
                • The Authority of the Schoo

                 

                   

                  CASEL’s guidance also makes clear the importance of an integrated approach, leveraging all of the five core competiencies beyond the classroom, making this crucial learning opportunity available for initiatives across an entire school, district-wide and even into students’ homes.

                  Leaps provides tools for specific skills and lessons, so teachers can use the program for just their classroom needs. However, Leaps also offers guidance, tools and programs that can be applied school or district-wide. Special resources for parents are also provided so that these lessons can be reinforced at home.

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