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Social Emotional Learning is very important for whole child development

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important aspect of education that has gained increasing attention in recent years. SEL refers to the process of developing skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, and relationship skills that enable individuals to effectively manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors (Durlak et al., 2011). These skills are important for students of all ages, but are particularly relevant for K-12 students who are still developing and may not have fully developed SEL skills.

Research has shown that SEL can have a positive impact on academic achievement, as well as on a variety of other outcomes such as social skills, behavior, and mental health (Zins et al., 2004). For example, a meta-analysis of 213 school-based SEL programs found that students who participated in SEL programs had an average 11% increase in academic achievement compared to students who did not participate in SEL programs (Durlak et al., 2011). In addition, students who participated in SEL programs had improved social skills and behavior, as well as reduced levels of substance abuse, depression, and aggression (Durlak et al., 2011).

There are several ways that SEL can be incorporated into K-12 education. One approach is through the use of SEL curricula, which provide structured lessons and activities that help students develop SEL skills (Jones et al., 2015). Another approach is through the use of SEL interventions, which are focused on addressing specific challenges or issues that students may be facing (Jones et al., 2015). For example, an SEL intervention might involve helping students to develop coping strategies for managing stress or improving communication skills.

In addition to these more formal approaches, teachers can also promote SEL in their classrooms by creating a positive and supportive learning environment, modeling SEL skills, and providing opportunities for students to practice and apply these skills (Jones et al., 2015). For example, a teacher might create a classroom culture that promotes empathy and respect, or facilitate activities that help students to develop problem-solving skills.

Overall, SEL is an important aspect of K-12 education that can have a positive impact on a wide range of outcomes for students. By incorporating SEL into their classrooms, teachers can help students to develop the skills they need to succeed academically and socially.


Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, K. B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405-432.

Jones, S. M., Greenberg, M. T., & Crowley, M. (2015). Promoting social-emotional learning and academic achievement: A leadership guide for school administrators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Zins, J. E., Weissberg, R. P., Wang, M. C., & Walberg, H. J. (2004). Building academic success on social and emotional learning: What does the research say? New York, NY: Teachers College Press.