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Massachusetts: Support SEL in Public School Athletics

Youth sports provide opportunities for students to not only learn about physical health, but to also learn about teamwork, forming friendships, developing a skillset, and setting and achieving goals. Practicing and building these social-emotional skills can help students succeed in the classroom and in life.

S.D. 337/H.D. 686, introduced in Massachusetts by Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative Kay Khan, directs the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to publish guidelines on implementing social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula in public school athletics. This is an important step to intentionally integrating high-quality SEL in youth athletics, a crucial setting that provides an opportunity for young people to reinforce and practice social-emotional skills.

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