Social and Personal Competencies

Social and Personal Competencies are a set of skills to include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These are the "soft skills that are needed for students to succeed in postsecondary and career. The department has released the Social and Personal Competencies Resource Guide as a tool for educators to support students' growth in social and personal competencies. 

Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators to Incorporate Social and Personal Competencies into Instruction

Social and Personal Competency Modules

The Tennessee Department of Education, in collaboration with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center, is happy to present a series of online modules that introduces you to social and personal competencies and teaching practices that support the academic, social, and emotional skills development of all students. The online modules not only help you support students, but also provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your practice and provide a space for you to think about your own social and personal well-being.

Through these modules, you will learn about what social and personal competencies, are and how to support social and personal competencies.

Incorporating Social and Personal Competencies Into Classroom Instruction and Educator Effectiveness

Introduction to Social and Personal Competency and Learning Modules

Module 1: Student-Centered Discipline

Module 2: Teacher Language

Module 3: Responsibility and Choice

Module 4: Warmth and Support

Module 5: Cooperative Learning

Module 6: Classroom Discussions

Module 8: Balanced Instruction