This month, we turn our attention to the “L” in SEL: Learning.
At its core, social and emotional learning (SEL) is about developing lifelong learners. The field of SEL has been built on that commitment to continuous learning, anchored in research to drive shared knowledge and relationship-building to learn from each other.
Over the past few decades, we have established a strong body of evidence that demonstrates how SEL can support academic benefits, mental wellness, and long-term outcomes. But there is so much more to learn—together. As our collective understanding of SEL continues to expand, more questions arise: How is SEL being implemented in schools and classrooms? How do SEL programs get adapted to fit local and cultural contexts? What role do family and community partnerships play? How do we know what’s working, for which students, under what circumstances?
Answering these questions will call on everyone in the community—from researchers and policy leaders to young people, families, and educators. The power in relationships across our community is to learn from each other to develop supportive, collaborative solutions. As you reflect on that aim, consider one key question this month:
How can we create opportunities for collective learning and rich dialogue on SEL, to ensure every young person and adult in our communities thrives?
Read on for more about new survey findings, what discipline data can tell us, and future directions for research. At CASEL, we believe our learning is never done, and we invite you to keep learning with us.