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Improve Academics

Invest in Each Child's Potential

Give All Students a Better Shot at Success

Social, emotional, and cognitive development are interdependent. Decades of research have shown that children need social and emotional competence to succeed in school.1, 2 Regardless of socio-economic factors, social-emotional competence leads to improved relationships and increased school connectedness, which all provide powerful support for academic success.3

Boost Attendance and Graduation Rates

A positive, nurturing school environment keeps students coming back. Many schools that have implemented a universal social-emotional learning program have seen significant improvements in day-to-day attendance and four-year degree completion.

Improve Measures of Academic Performance

In a 2011 meta-analysis of 213 social-emotional learning programs, participants who experienced SEL programs demonstrated not only improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, and behavior, but also demonstrated improved academic performance reflecting an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.4

  1. Flook, L., Repetti, R. L., & Ullman, J. B. (2005). Classroom social experiences as predictors of academic performance. Developmental Psychology, 41(2), 319–327.
  2. Raver, C. C. (2002). Emotions matter: Making the case for the role of young children’s emotional development for early school readiness. Social Policy Report, 16(3), 3–18.
  3. Wilson, D. (2004). The interface of school climate and school connectedness and relationships with aggression and victimization. Journal of School Health, 74(7), 293–299.
  4. 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.

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