Outcomes Beyond Test Scores – What Is Social-Emotional Learning?
From the executive summary: Social-emotional learning (SEL) involves how students think and feel about themselves, get along with others, and regulate their attention and behavior. SEL plays an important role in students’ school and life outcomes. Although SEL may be disrupted under conditions of scarcity or stress, social-emotional skills are protective for students who face risk due to socioeconomic disadvantage or school difficulties. Opportunities abound to promote SEL in schools and classrooms. Education that has a combined academic and social-emotional focus offers the greatest value to students, schools, and society.
To support children’s SEL, educators and policy makers should:
Support a wide range of effective school and afterschool SEL programs for children.
Help scale effective SEL practices to reach more classroom and school settings and ensure that all children are served.
Strengthen research on SEL to fill gaps in what we know, including best practices for integrating effective SEL practices into educational settings.