Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL Research



Social-Emotional Learning Review Aims to Help Secondary Schools Select Programs

Summary: This article talks about the release of CASEL’s “2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition” which lists programs appropriate for middle schools and high schools interested in advancing social-emotional learning in their schools.  The guide suggests nine programs which made its “SELect List,” their highest designation for recommended programs.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 3, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research



Teach Life Skills and Change Our World

Summary: Teach Life Skills and Change Our World is a panel discussion moderated by ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor Byron Pitts on how life skills education can dramatically improve the lives of all young people.

Source:  Panel Discussion moderated by Byron Pitts, ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor, April 14, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Life Skills



New Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning

Summary: The field of social and emotional learning (SEL) is no longer just an idea or a distant goal, and it is no longer the work of a handful of dedicated idealists. This monumental new volume, Handbook of Social Emotional Learning: Research and Practice, from Guilford Press demonstrates beyond a doubt that SEL is a major new movement with the potential to transform American education.

Source: Edited by Joseph A. Durlak, Celene E. Domitrovich, Roger P. Weissberg, and Thomas P. Gullotta, Guilford Press, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research



Fostering Social & Emotional Skills for Well-Being

Summary: The article, “Fostering Social & Emotional Skills for Well-Being and Social Progress” looks at research, policy, and practice connected with fostering social and emotional skills for lifelong success.  The authors [1] look at the skills that help to drive children’s future outcomes, [2] describe how policy-makers, schools and families acknowledge the importance of fostering social and emotional skills development and the gap with the available teaching practices, [3] present an approach to the study of social and emotional skills and the underlying conceptual framework, and [4]  highlight future work in this area.

Source: Koji Miyamoto, Maria C. Huerta & Katarzyna Kubacka, European Journal of Education, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



SEL, Character, Culture & Climate for Student Success

Summary:  This article, “The Essential Convergence of Social-Emotional Learning, Character, and School Culture and Climate for our Students’ Success”, published in Spanish in the Colombian Journal TIPICA (Volume 11, No. 01) speaks to the importance of social-emotional learning and a positive school climate working together to help to ensure student success.

Source: Maurice J. Elias and Danielle P. Ryan, Rutgers University

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate, Resources in Spanish



Connecting Social and Emotional Learning to Effective Teaching

Summary: This website  contains a wealth of resources, articles and briefs to assist teachers in understanding Social Emotional Learning and implementing best practices in their classrooms.

Source:  The SEL School, The American Institute for Research, 2014

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice



Social Emotional Learning Pays Off

Summary:  This article summarizes some new research showing the value of Social Emotional Learning.  The research from Columbia University, called “The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning”, quantifies the value of Social Emotional Learning based on a study of six prominent social-emotional interventions.

Source:  Timothy P. Shriver & John N. Bridgeland, Ed Week, February 26, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement



Shaping School Culture

Summary: Share the secrets for success of principals in seven high-achieving, high-poverty urban middle level schools.

Source: By Ali Callicotte Picucci, Amanda Brownson, Rahel Kahlert, and Andy Sobel. Principal Leadership, December 2002

Categories:  School Culture and Climate, SEL Research, SEL 101 Course Resource



School Climate Research Summary – January 2010

Summary: Over the past two decades, researchers and educators have increasingly recognized the importance of K-12 school climate. This summary builds on our 2009 school climate research summary (Cohen, McCabe, Michelli, & Pickeral, 2009) and details how school climate is associated with and/or promotes safety, healthy relationships, engaged learning and teaching and school improvement efforts.

Source: Center for Social and Emotional Education, School Climate Brief, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2010

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, SEL Research, SEL 101 Course Resource



The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article presents findings from a meta-analysis of existing SEL research showing significant gains in social  emotional skills as well as academic performance.

Source: Joseph A. Durlak, Roger P. Weissburg,Weissberg, Allison B. Dymnicki, Rebecca D. Taylor, and Kriston B. Schellinger

Categories:  SEL Research, Social Emotional Skills, Academic Achievement