SEL Spotlight

Easy practices to strengthen social-emotional wellness

Why is Social Emotional Learning important?

The research is clear - programs and curriculum that promote social-emotional learning (SEL) can have big payoffs when it comes to academics, student behavior and life decisions (

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Student gains

  • Better social-emotional skills

  • Improved attitudes about self, others, and school

  • Positive classroom behavior

  • 11 percentile-point gain on standardized achievement tests

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Behavior improvement

  • Fewer conduct problems

  • Less emotional stress

  • Lower drug use


Adult benefits

  • Teachers who possess social and emotional competencies are more likely to stay in the classroom longer because they’re able to work more effectively with challenging students —one of the main causes of burnout.