What do we know about well-being?

Well-being is the overarching, inclusive, and comprehensive term that encompasses physical, social, emotional, mental, and academic skills and dispositions. Well-being is integrated and holistic and a fundamental human goal. Well-being includes the experience of functioning well, for instance: having a sense of engagement and competence, being resilient in the face of setbacks, having good relationships […]

Creating the Conditions for Well-Being

Fundamental to the In Focus framework on well-being is Maslow’s Hierarchy, which suggests a 5-tiered model of needs that must be satisfied in hierarchical order. These needs include basic needs, which comprise physical and safety needs; psychological needs, which include belonging/love and esteem; and self-fulfillment needs, which include self-actualization. When these needs are met, individuals […]

Well-being as a Comprehensive Term

Well-being is an overarching term that encompasses not only social and emotional learning but also includes physical, mental, and academic learning as well. Well-being ensures that all students and educators thrive physically, socially, emotionally, mentally, and academically. Social well-being reflects the interactions with others in which students engage in positive relationships of belonging, attachment, and […]

Coming to Terms with the Term “Well-Being”

Moving Beyond SEL The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL 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 […]