CYFS Social, Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) Support

Within NeMTSS, the social, emotional and behavioral learning (SEBL) specialists at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) provide evidence-based professional development and implementation support to build educators’ capacity to practice, teach and model SEBL competencies among adults and students to improve school climate, culture and learning.

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Why is SEBL Essential?

To promote students’ social, emotional and behavioral competence, it is important for schools to have supportive staff environments that foster competence and capacity among the adults on campus. Students experience academic, social, emotional and behavioral success when schools use data to build inclusive and equitable core social, emotional and behavioral practices; develop prevention activities; and implement high-quality interventions to meet students’ needs. When implemented systematically, SEBL integration becomes sustainable within the everyday environment and produces benefits across all settings.

  • Improved academic outcomes and classroom behavior
  • Stronger sense of self
  • Increased ability to manage mental health
  • Positive outcomes throughout the lifespan
  • Increased overall mental well-being
  • Greater job satisfaction
  • Improved classroom management
  • Stronger feelings of connectedness
  • Higher academic marks and graduation rates
  • Focused data-based decision-making and problem-solving
  • Positive climate and culture
  • Financial return on investment
  • Increased job preparedness and leadership skills
  • Improved financial autonomy and sustainability
  • Integration of SEBL competencies
  • Greater educational equity


Social, Emotional and Behavioral Learning (SEBL) is the process of fostering social and emotional competencies among students and adults to create safe and supportive environments in which children and youth can have positive behavioral outcomes.

CASEL Core Competencies

CASEL’s SEL Framework fosters knowledge, skills and attitudes across five broad and interrelated competencies:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationships
  • Responsible decision-making

Learn more about CASEL’s SEL Framework.

Implementation and Support

SEBL Implementation Support Specialists

The NeMTSS Implementation Support team works statewide across five regions. If you have questions, please contact your SEBL Specialist.

Find your region

Mackenzie Riedel

Regions 1 & 2

ESUs 4, 5, 6 and LPS
ESUs 2, 3 and OPS

Jill Guenther

Regions 3 & 4

ESUs 1, 7, 8
ESUs 9, 10, 11, 17

Emily Arkfeld

Region 5

ESUs 13, 15, 16