Skip to content

True Social Emotional Learning in Education

Social Emotional Learning in Education

The Challenge

K-12 schools across the country are overwhelmed with students struggling with mental health problems. College students are also hurting, seeking mental health therapy on campus in increasingly larger numbers.

Most disturbingly, the number of mental health-related emergency room visits among adolescents aged 12–17 years is steadily rising.

We are living in times of a mental health crisis. People need professional care and counseling. But according to data compiled by KFF, more than 129 million Americans live in areas with a documented shortage of mental healthcare professionals. Individuals seeking services are often met with limited resources, inequities in distribution, and rural locations requiring transportation – challenging odds at best.

What are schools to do? 

True Colors and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) can help.


of educators want a greater focus on SEL in schools.

(Source: CASEL and Civic)

How True Colors Can Help

Incorporating SEL programming into schools can help students and educators better navigate tough times while improving their mental wellbeing. Additionally, SEL provides students with the tools they need for lifelong personal, academic, and professional success.

So, what exactly is SEL?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines SEL as “the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

  • Develop healthy identities

  • Manage emotions

  • Achieve personal and collective goals

  • Feel and show empathy for others

  • Establish and maintain supportive relationships

  • Make responsible and caring decisions

True Colors programs naturally incorporate SEL as we improve organizational culture through personal skill development. We uncover why people behave and react the way they do, then collaborate with you to develop a personalized experience for your entire campus.

While each solution we offer is unique, all our programs promote SEL through shared experiences, increased self-awareness, a common language to discuss differences and elevated empathy for others. 

True Colors programs are ideal for K-12 and higher education settings at public or private educational organizations of any size. We will design our programs and consulting services to provide you with a robust SEL curriculum that best fits your needs. We focus on and improve such areas as:

  • SEL instruction

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Positive learning environment

  • College readiness

  • Increased college enrollment

  • Matriculation/graduation rates

  • Post-college success

  • Career Readiness

Our Evidence-based Methodology

True Colors promotes an integrative and foundational approach by promoting SEL for students; supporting SEL competencies and capacity building for children, young adults, and adults; and reinforcing SEL efforts across schools, families, and even communities.


Our proprietary methodology is the framework from which to build an effective SEL program. A program that can help all participants acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve success in school, work, and life.

True Colors' proprietary system distills complex temperament theory into practical tools and actionable programs. We use colors — Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue — to differentiate the four primary personality types and illuminate how these types best interact with each other.

By helping individuals better understand themselves and others, our evidence-based approach reveals the “why” behind specific behaviors within schools.  

As a result, True Colors enhances overall performance and academic results by providing programmatic solutions to today’s pressing challenges — on-campus and online. 

Three Ways True Colors is Different

  • True Colors has been a leader in consulting and training for over 40 years. We are the original, user-friendly temperament and personality typing program.
  • True Colors is intentionally designed to work with your faculty, staff, and students, not just your leadership. Our programming embodies an organizational culture where everyone feels understood and empowered.
  • True Colors programs provide tools for immediate results and long-lasting benefits. The knowledge gained improves participants’ professional, academic, and personal lives.

True Social Emotional Learning Program Outcomes

  • Shared Experience

      • Participants collaborate in a fun, interactive way
      • Sets the foundation for genuine relationship building and honest dialogue
  • Self-Awareness

    • Increased self-awareness
    • Helps educators and their students better understand themselves and their peers
  • Common Language

    • A universal language to discuss and understand differences

    • Creates a safe environment for social emotional learning

  • Empathy

    • Elevated empathy
    • Improves understanding of others to  prevent conflict and fosters collaboration

And as a Result

  • Strengthened emotional intelligence in faculty, staff, and students
  • Increased personal and professional effectiveness
  • Enhanced ability to see the big picture

Ongoing SEL Development in Education 

SEL in education

Our tailored trainings — supported by expert trainers, personal assessments, and robust learning materials — are available in person or online.

A True Colors education expert will help you build a customized program with a wide variety of areas that include: Personal Awareness and Success, Communication, Team Building, Teaching and Learning Styles, True Coaching, True Parenting, Consultative Selling, and more.

Partnering with True Colors means we listen to your needs, help develop a plan to meet your goals, and work alongside your team to integrate the SEL process into your school.