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What is Social Emotional Learning?

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Updated on Sep 3, 2013

SEL Might Not Be Enough for Every Child.

Social and emotional curriculums are designed to help all the kids in a class. “The idea of a universal program,” says Duffell, “is that it starts to change the norm behaviors and that a rising tide can lift all boats.” Still, some kids will struggle more than others and students who are going through a hard time at home, or kids with emotional disabilities or ADHD, for example, might need extra help to learn and use the SEL skills.

SEL Is Coming to a Classroom Near You.

Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that he was considering including school climate in school evaluations under the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA or NCLB). “The Obama administration is proactively addressing school climate,” says Luther, “and is in the process of developing school climate surveys which will most likely be standardized so that school climate can be measured.” Just as schools stepped up academic programs when reading and math were the focus, once school climate is part of federal policy, schools will be more inclined to start proven SEL programs.

SEL Programs Depend on Parent Involvement for Success.

Ultimately, says Maurice Elias, PhD, director of Developing Safe and Civil Schools with Rutgers University, “SEL takes place within the context of safe school, family, and community environments.” So, as your child’s school starts or develops an SEL program, you can expect to be involved.

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