14 Most Innovative Social and Emotional Learning Districts

In this article, we will be highlighting districts that have shown tremendous commitment to the well-being of their students and staff. These 14 districts are being recognized for their efforts in social-emotional learning (SEL) and their dedication to creating safe learning environments where individuals feel empowered to express themselves, and where effective teaching and learning can occur.

What is SEL? As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Why should social-emotional learning be implemented in the classroom? Studies show that supporting students’ social and emotional development produces an 11-percentage point gain in grades and test scores. Sustaining a focus on social and emotional growth through adolescence is crucial for improving achievement and outcomes beyond school.

The best way to foster social-emotional skills is through daily practice: in our classrooms. These 14 districts recognize the importance of implementing social and emotional learning programs to boost academic achievement and build the social and emotional skills that lead students to become healthy and productive adults.


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