SEAL Competencies

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    Self-Awareness & Self-Management: The self-discipline to reflect on and regulate our own emotions, thoughts, and values to better develop cultural identity, a healthy self-concept, set goals for ourselves, and take responsibility for our behavior.

    • We identify and manage emotions in both personal and social contexts
    • We fully develop an understanding and appreciation of personal cultural identity
    • We establish self-efficacy and a positive view of personal future
    • We set and drive toward achievement of goals
    • We effectively apply self-awareness abilities and skills to develop self-discipline


    Why does it matter? Reflection and regulation of our internal state of mind is essential for one to be able to act in a healthy and responsible way to ensure positive outcomes for ourselves and society. Self-awareness and management are essential for individuals to build skills across the other competencies.


    Social-Awareness & Relationship Skills: The ability to identify and recognize diverse emotions, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and societal norms and access strategies and interpersonal skills to build productive relationships. 

    • We gain understanding of the perspectives and emotions of others and respond in an appropriate manner
    • We recognize and appreciate the diversity of culture while maintaining common understanding of human dignity
    • We interact and collaborate with others to achieve personal and group goals
    • We communicate and engage with individuals in groups effectively based upon the social situation
    • We build and maintain healthy and productive relationships


    Why does it matter? Building and maintaining productive relationships with others is central to success in school and life and requires the ability to recognize the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others, including those different from one’s own. In addition, establishing peer, family, and work relationships requires skills in cooperating, communicating well, and constructively resolving conflicts with others. 


    Decision Making: The ability to use a critical thinking process to analyze information, situations, norms, and context to make decisions based on the identified impact to self and others. 

    • We are intentional when we make a decision or choice
    • We reflect upon and take responsibility for ethical decision making

    Why does it matter? Decision making is a daily process in all aspects of life. This skill allows us to make choices based on a full understanding of the positive and negative consequences of our decisions on ourselves and others. Strong decision making skills facilitate our ability to have a positive presence, achieve goals, and attain our own vision of a positive future.