SEL has been proven to be beneficial for racially and economically diverse students from rural, suburban, and urban places, showing it truly works for all students. Encouragingly, several school districts throughout the United States are paving the way on what high quality interventions and outcomes look like and others are beginning to follow suit.
This overview summarizes the research of an array of studies examining the outcomes and outlook of social and emotional learning in the current education system. The research shows the effect of social-emotional learning on a spectrum of students ranging from preschool to high school, tracking students through multiple grade levels.
Students need to know how to cope with stress, how to diffuse anger, and how to make a good first impression. They need to know how to find their identity and set goals for the future. Having a dedicated SEL program in schools allows us to teach these skills.” – Kristen Kopczynski, Getting Smart