Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL Research



Social-emotional learning enhances special ed and beyond

Summary:  Social-emotional learning programs improve the grades and behavior of all learners—but special ed students may benefit even more from lessons on mindfulness, self-regulation and cooperation, experts say.

Source:  Alice DeNisco, District Administration, 12/2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



Social Emotional Learning – An Ed Week Webinar

Summary:  Ed Week sponsored a webinar on September 2, 2015 called “Social Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes” which featured work done in the Austin, Texas Public Schools.  The webinar was moderated by Joan Duffell and data was presented by Roger Weissberg of CASEL as well as Paul Cruz and Sherrie Raven of the Austin Public Schools showing the positive effects of SEL on various metrics of student success.  Below you will find a link to be able to watch the webcast and another to download the slides from the webinar.

Source:  Ed Week Webinars, September 2, 2015, Sponsored by Second Step

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



KJEP Journal of Educational Policy – Special Edition on SECD

Summary:  This KJEP Journal of Educational Policy addresses “Promoting Students’ Social Emotional and Character Development and Preventing Bullying.”  Dr. Maurice Elias was a special guest editor for this special issue of the journal. The journal contains articles by various experts from the US and around the world about various topics associated with SECD and Character Education.

Source:  KJEP Journal, Korean Educational Development Institute, 2013 Special Issue

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Character Education



The Arts find a role in 21st century education

Summary:  This article reviews some research that indicates that the arts help to build skills such as empathy, tolerance, observation, and critical thinking skills. Ironically, this news occurs in a time when many districts are cutting back on arts education.

Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, August 6, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



Kindergartners’ Social Skills Found to Predict Adult Success

Summary: Young children who share easily, resolve problems on their own, and cooperate with their peers are less likely to drop out of school, commit crimes, or need government assistance, says a new report previewed online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Source:  Christina A. Samuels, Ed Week, August 5, 2015

Categories: SEL Research, SEL Basics



Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Skills

Summary: This issue brief from the University of Minnesota Extension Series explores the relevance of brain science to social and emotional learning, with a particular emphasis on how youth workers can apply this learning to youth development programs

Source: Susan Beaulieu and Kathyrn Sharpe, University of Minnesota Youth Development Issue Brief, July 2015

Category: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



Social-Emotional Skills on the Rise

Summary: This article provides an overview of a comprehensive study done by Education Week which asked over 700 educators including teachers and administrators about the importance of social-emotional learning in their schools.  The study which can be accessed below, found an increase in the perception of the importance of social-emotional skills in the areas of school discipline and school climate.

Source: Kate Schimel, July 17, 2015, Education DIVE

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate



Louis Cozolino – The Brain is a Social Organ

Summary:  Dr. Louis Cozolino, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Pepperdine University talks about the brain as a social organ and that it evolved to connect with other brains.

Source:  Dr. Louis Cozzolino, Inspire Ideas, Capella University, May 27, 2011

Categories: SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



Survey: Student Success Calls for More Than Academic Skills

Summary:  This article reports on a survey done by the Ed Week Research Center which asked teachers and administrators about the effects of social-emotional learning on student success in school.  The results found some differences in the opinions of teachers and administrators in terms of SEL and School Climate.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 10, 2015

Categories:  Student Achievement, SEL Basics, SEL Research



School Climate and Pro-social Educational Improvement: Essential Goals and Processes that Support Student Success for All

Summary: There is growing federal and state support for school climate improvement and pro-social education. The National School Climate Council has developed a consensus statement about the foundational importance of intentional pro-social instruction and school climate improvement efforts. In addition, this consensus statement outlines a core set of research-based systemic, instructional and relational goals as well as processes that underscore, characterize and shape both effective school climate improvement and pro-social instructional efforts. Research, policy, practice and teacher education implications are outlined.

Source:  National School Climate Council, May 5, 2015, in Teachers College Record

Categories: School Culture and Climate, SEL Research