Promoting Social-Emotional Learning in Israel
SEL.IL Promoting Social-Emotional Learning in Israel is an applied academic center that is part of the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Our goal is to promote the implementation of social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout the entire Israeli educational system. We do so through research, sharing knowledge based on real data, advising policymakers, and developing a variety of training and other programs.
This goal is important and exciting, but also complex and challenging. We believe that cooperating with all those who can contribute to our activities or benefit from them is vital to accomplishing our goal in the optimal manner. We therefore have been cooperating with researchers from different disciplines, the Israeli Ministry of Education, philanthropic funds, local authorities, schools, and parents from the very beginning.
SEL for the Next Generation
We all have come to share the understanding that the education system’s role is much greater than merely conveying knowledge. Today more than ever, we understand that the education system must equip the next generation with social-emotional skills and competencies. These skills will enable the next generation to develop optimally and cope efficiently with a complex realities and a dynamic, changing world.
Our Experience – The Numbers
For the past decade, we have been active in the educational systems serving every sector of Israeli society. During this period, we have trained:
- 4,700 educators and school staff members
- 350 preschool educators and staff members
- 220 psychologists
- 75,600 pupils, ranging from pre-school to high school, participated in our flagship program, I Can Succeed (ICS)
- We delivered presentations at 31 major academic conferences around the globe
Researchers, psychologists, and counselors cooperate on our team. All of them are leaders in their respective fields in Israel and – just as importantly – speak the language of SEL fluently! Senior researchers with immense experience in SEL from around the world advise and guide our activities.