A Systemic Framework
Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011). For this reason, SEL has become a cohesive framework for how educators, families, and communities partner to promote students’ social, emotional, and academic learning.
To be effective, SEL should be an integral part of a school/district’s strategic plan, budget, school wide practices, policies, and professional learning for all staff. Curriculum and classroom instruction should integrate an SEL approach with reading, math, history, and other core subjects.
In the long run, greater social and emotional competence can increase the likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship (e.g., Hawkins, Kosterman, Catalonao, Hill, & Abbott, 2008: Jones, Greenberg, & Corwley, 2015).
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