Social & Emotional Learning


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be difficult to follow at first. It uses a lot of terminologies that can sound like jargon. If you are outside of the world of education, it might take you a moment to become familiar with the core competencies. In case you can’t tell, we think SEL is amazing and we are not alone!

SEL has been incorporated into all core academic subjects in the Austin Independent School District for all grade levels, and is in the process of being adopted by other districts in surrounding areas. That’s because the research on the correlation between strong social and emotional skills and academic success is compelling.

Beyond school, these skills are critical for any teamwork in any industry and are highly prized within the gaming industry itself.

At-risk students experience deficits in these skills that correlate to their academic deficits, and both are predictors of future success or failure.

SEL objectives are a natural fit to our program’s content and format – playing more artistic and unique games as a group – and they will frame every gaming event, elevating the program from a more typical club, to a challenging and formative experience for students.

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“Play is possible when freedom is limited rather than expanded. It is not the opposite of work, nor the opposite of depression. Play is deliberately working with the materials we encounter.” – Ian Bogost, Play Anything