Social Awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

Students with strong social awareness can more easily adapt to their environment, empathize with the perspectives of others, engage in fewer disruptive classroom behaviors, and are able to engage in constructive communication with their peers and resolve conflicts when they arise. For a more detailed description of this competency, please click here.

Transforming Education has developed a toolkit to help educators learn more about social awareness. The toolkit includes a more detailed explanation of the competency, video interviews of students’ relaying their own experiences related to social awareness, as well as a variety of strategies that teachers can use in their classrooms. To download the Social Awareness Toolkit, click here.

“We must resist thinking in siloed terms when it comes to social-emotional learning (SEL), academics, and equity. Rather, these elements of our work as educators and partners go hand in hand.”

TransformEd & ANet