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I am excited to begin a new journey with The Inspired Classroom’s readership!  SEAL!  Social-Emotional Artistic Learning

For years now, I have been exploring how arts integration strategies can be applied to the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) competencies put forth by CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning.  They are a natural combination!

As one of my art colleagues and Repeater Retreater, Kate Bernardoni, put it once,

Art IS SEL!”

Nothing could be more true.  When we are teaching students about arts skills and how to apply them to their lives, we are teaching them Self-Awareness.  When we listen to music to help regulate our emotions, we are practicing Self-Management.  When students interact with others in drama-inspired activities, they use Social-Awareness.  When we move and dance with one another, we build Relationship Skills.  And throughout, we work on Making Responsible Decisions: for ourselves and with others.

The idea behind SEAL is that we can use arts integration strategies specifically to teach, build and practice social-emotional learning competencies. As with any true arts integration, we will teach arts standards at the same time that we teach SEL competencies.

SEAL combines two amazing approaches to learning!

Arts Integration + Social-Emotional Learning = SEAL

As you may already know, the arts are powerful for learning as they can reach us at our own personal level of understanding while expanding our understanding of other content. That’s why arts integration strategies are so successful. Now, we are ready to learn ways arts integration can develop our learning about our social-emotional well-being.

The Inspired Classroom understands that our students need to build Social-Emotional skills.  That’s why we are taking on the exciting path of exploring all things SEAL!

And as always, The Inspired Classroom is committed to inspiring teachers first! One of the steps we are taking is renaming our Winter Teacher Art Retreat (which has already been devoted to the focus of Social-Emotional Learning through the Arts) the SEAL Retreat.

If we dedicate ourselves to helping students build their SEAL skills, then we are building our future.

Think about the implications of improving students’ SEAL:

SEAL provides

  • naturally differentiated instruction for all learners.
  • avenues to explore individual needs and growth.
  • opportunities to work cooperatively with others.
  • methods to express emotion and understand that emotion.
  • strategies to practice social situations and how to act and react to others.
  • natural connections to empathy.
  • a safe and supportive learning environment where students are allowed to explore themselves and the world around them.

It is my hope that you will join me on this journey of SEAL. Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out introductory information.

Want in? Be sure to join our mailing list so that you don’t miss a thing! And if you sign up using this form, you can get access to a FREE introductory SEAL ebook.

Free SEAL Starter Kit

Get started right away with SEAL with this Starter Kit. Included are how all the social-emotional learning competencies are naturally connected to the arts, 4 SEAL activities, 2 of our most popular SEAL lessons and our best SEAL tool: the emotion wheel. 
  • Would you like to get inspiring stories, ideas and great strategies in arts integration and SEAL?

For all things SEAL, Go to and get the information to start implementing SEAL strategies in your classroom right now!

Learn more about SEAL, Social-Emotional Artistic Learning!

Teach SEAL While Listening to Music
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