Social and Emotional Learning in Schools From Programs to Strategies

By Stephanie Jones, Suzanne Bouffard
August 18, 2016

This report explores a more integrated approach to teaching social and emotional skills in schools. While well-implemented SEL programs have shown positive results, this issue of Social Policy Report proposes that schools should consider a new approach: integrating the teaching and reinforcement of SEL skills in their daily interactions and practices with students. It explains that research warrants a new perspective and highlights a range of new approaches and support strategies that are designed to be time-efficient, low-cost, and integrated with (rather than distracting from) academic curricula. These strategies are accompanied by recommendations about the role of policy.

While this is a policy report, the approach will be of high interest to any school or district leaders, educators, and support staff researching approaches and options for building students’ social emotional skills.

Source Organization: Society for Research in Child Development

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