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Why We Advocate for SEL

Now more than ever, we need to support the well-being, resilience, and academic engagement of all young people. Social-emotional learning is a critical tool our schools and communities can use to respond to racial inequities, economic instability, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) isn’t just a feel-good activity. From effective communication to impulse control, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. But defining SEL—and understanding what it looks like in a classroom—is an important place to start. … Read More

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Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Supports

Student mental health supports look different now as compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, as students’ exposure to trauma has increased. We compare the mental health supports needed before and during the pandemic, and show how supports during the pandemic can operate in in-person and remote contexts.… Read More

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SEL Can Promote Mental Wellness: Essential in Times of Crisis

Every young person will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools must provide supports that serve the mental well-being of young people. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an indispensable part of this equation because it can decrease emotional distress for young people and enhance their positive development.… Read More

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Trauma-Informed Practices and Social-Emotional Learning

In times of disaster, sources of trauma may increase. A trauma-informed learning environment can help mitigate the effects of trauma and help students feel safe and supported—socially, emotionally, and academically. This, in turn, supports students’ relationships, self-regulation, and well-being. … Read More

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SEL and Substance Abuse in Young People

Adolescent substance use has long-lasting implications, and early prevention is critical. Early interventions that promote social-emotional competence can have greater effects than later interventions, shifting children’s life course trajectories away from problem behaviors and toward positive outcomes.… Read More

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SEL, School Safety, and School Climate

Evidence suggests social regulation, self-regulation, and problem-solving are key to school violence prevention. Research-based SEL programs can promote skills and attitudes that serve as protective factors, which in turn can mitigate harmful behaviors, provide support for students, and improve school climate and safety.… Read More

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