Social-Emotional Learning Programs in Schools Talking Points
- Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which previously have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic achievement, continue to benefit students for months and even years to come, according to a 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of British Columbia.
- According to a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 studies involving more than 270,000 students, those who participated in evidence-based SEL programs showed an 11 percentile-point gain in academic achievement compared to students who did not participate in SEL programs.
- A 2015 study by researchers at Columbia University found that the measurable benefits of SEL exceed the costs, often by considerable amount.
Talking Points about the importance of SEL
- A study estimating the relative influence of 30 different categories of education, psychological, and social variables on learning revealed that social and emotional variables exerted the most powerful influence on academic performance.
- According to a 2015 report by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, SEL competencies are critically important for the long-term success of all students in today’s economy.
- A 2015 national study published in the American Journal of Public Health found statistically significant associations between SEL skills in kindergarten and key outcomes for young adults years later in education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health.