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Trends in Social-Emotional Learning Research and Funding

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There’s a growing trend to integrate social-emotional learning (SEL) into the existing spectrum of education issues and challenges. For example, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recently hosted a webinar on equity issues and SEL. In late 2017, the American Youth Policy Forum hosted a webinar on SEL and underserved populations. And Penn State published a paper, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, connecting SEL to school climate. Other examples include efforts to relate SEL to trauma-informed practice, culturally responsive classrooms, and employability skills.

Committee for Children recently addressed the issue of SEL in rural education, presenting to about 90 Washington rural education leaders in the Rural Alliance as they seek to infuse SEL into their schools and education systems. If you are a rural leader looking to connect with other rural leaders of like mind, please send me your contact information in the form below and I can make that connection for you.

Current federal funding challenges around SEL are essentially a “rinse and repeat” from last year, with numerous SEL funding streams under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) threatened, including proposed cuts to Title I, Title IIA, and Title IV. Committee for Children continues to advocate protection and restoration of these important sources of funding.

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