Social and emotional learning (SEL) is integral to human development and education. Through reliable developmental relationships, young people learn who they are and imagine who they might become as healthy, contributing adults in their communities. SEL begins with the adults in the lives of young people. Through SEL, young people and adults develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:
An extensive body of rigorous research (including randomized control trials, longitudinal follow-ups, and multiple replications) demonstrates that education that promotes SEL gets results, and that teachers in all academic areas can effectively teach SEL. Evidence demonstrates that social and emotional learning (SEL) improves mental health, social skills and behavior, academic achievement, and college and career readiness.