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Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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Social Emotional Learning Results

The Impact of SEL

SEL programming can have a positive impact on academics, conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use, even up 18 years later. States that have mandated social emotional learning are surpassing their peers in graduation rates, seeing higher secondary education attainment, noting a reduction in bullying, and overall, better day-to-day behavior.

11 %

Increase in Achievement Tests Scores


Students receiving comprehensive social and emotional learning instruction increased their achievement test scores by 11 percent.

59 %

Of Hiring Managers Look for SEL Traits

Career Readiness

The soft skills developed by social and emotional learning are exactly what 59% of hiring managers look for in new hires.

93 %

Of Teachers Believe SEL is Important


A national survey found that 93% of teachers PreK-12th believe that SEL is very or fairly important for the in-school experience.

$ 11

Return on SEL Spending (per $1 invested)


Columbia University found that an $11 return for every $1 invested in SEL programming.

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