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Social Emotional Learning

Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety Center

The purpose of the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (Center) is to provide technical assistance to support States and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence-based (as defined in this notice) programs and practices. The Center will enhance the capacity of (1) State educational agencies (SEAs) to support their local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) LEAs to support their schools.

COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students, and Families

Selecting the Right Interventions to Support Students’ Mental Health Needs
This document by Regional Educational Laboratories Appalachia contains additional resources on decision making and can be used to select appropriate evidence-based programs (EBPs) based on school, state, or district needs.

Design Principles for Schools: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action

This playbook is a collaborative product that provides the scientific foundation for the Guiding Principles for Equitable Whole Child Design

Embracing a New Normal: Toward a More Liberatory Approach to Family Engagement

This report explores the dynamics and barriers that stand in the way of effective family-school partnerships and outlines how to reach a more liberatory, solidarity-driven, and equity-focused family engagement practice that supports educational excellence for all children.

Getting Started with Restorative Practices in Schools: A Guide for Administrators and Teacher Leaders

This guide is designed to help school leaders and educators use restorative approaches to build relationships and address conflict. These practices help facilitate community building and address infractions, enabling students to take responsibility for their actions and repair harm when possible.

How Has the Pandemic Affected Students’ Social-Emotional Well-Being? A Review of the Evidence to Date

This report is part of a series that aims to provide a definitive account of the best available evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected America’s students. This research aims assess what we know about the pandemic’s effects on students’ academic progress, its effects on their mental health and social-emotional well-being, and its impact on students with disabilities.

Mindfulness in Schools: Evidence on the Impacts of School-Based Mindfulness Programs on Student Outcomes in P–12 Educational Settings

This research brief looks at what currently known about the impacts of school-based mindfulness programs (SBMPs) on student outcomes. The analysis examines 54 research studies conducted between 2000 and 2019.

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

This in-depth guide to 33 evidence-based SEL programs — aimed at elementary schools and Out of School Time (OST) providers — offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs.

Playbook: 5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

This playbook was developed to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks in support of their well-being and with the aim of expanding their postsecondary and career options.

Real-Time Redesign Guide

This toolkit provides leaders with a realistic, inclusive, and rapid process for making targeted improvement toward more equitable and resilient teaching and learning through a series of guided activities paired with examples from real schools.

Reimagining excellence: A blueprint for integrating social and emotional well-being and academic excellence in schools

This blueprint — designed with input from in-person and remote educators, leaders, researchers, professional learning providers, and technical assistance providers — strives to detail the indicators of learning programs that successfully integrate equity, well-being, and academics.

Seizing the Moment: Race Equity Mindsets, Social and Emotional Well-Being, and Outcomes for Students

Seizing the Moment: Race Equity Mindsets, Social and Emotional Well-Being, and Outcomes for Students is a webinar and panel discussion that addresses the interrelationships among race equity mindsets, social and emotional well-being, and outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other students of color.

Serving the Whole Person: An Alignment and Coherence Guide for Local Education Agencies

This Alignment and Coherence Guide’s central purpose is to help local education agency (LEA) leaders implement conditions for equitable learning and development for students, families, and educators, through their work to improve the alignment and coherence of their whole-person initiatives.

Serving the Whole Person: An Alignment and Coherence Guide for State Education Agencies

This Alignment and Coherence Guide’s central purpose is to help state education agency (SEA) leaders implement conditions for equitable learning and development for students, families, and educators, through their work to improve the alignment and coherence of their whole-person initiatives.

Spotlight on School-based Mental Health by the National Center for Education Research

A blog series, Spotlight on School-based Mental Health by the National Center for Education Research (NCER) was launched to unpack the why, what, when, who, and where of providing mental health services in schools. This first blog in the series focuses on the why by discussing three IES-funded projects that highlight the importance of these services.

The Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Podcast

This podcast series from The Wallace Foundation shares findings and early lessons from a RAND Corporation study of the PSELI initiative. The five episodes feature in-depth conversations with practitioners in schools and afterschool programs, and leaders in districts and out-of-school time intermediary organizations, about their experiences working together to help children develop social and emotional skills

Trauma-Sensitive Schools and Social and Emotional Learning: An Integration

This brief examines how trauma-sensitive schools (TSS) and SEL can be integrated and expanded — through shared understanding and vision, a readiness to integrate approaches, a shift in mindsets, joint implementation and evaluation, support of adult SEL, and an enhanced equity lens — to create safe, supportive, and culturally responsive schools that prevent school-related trauma and foster thriving, robust equity, and transformative learning.

Turnaround for Children Toolbox

The Turnaround for Children Toolbox is an online hub for science-grounded ideas and resources that empower educators — including teachers, school and district leaders, student support staff, and many others — to embed an equitable, whole-child purpose into our education system.