“Social Emotional Learning skills (SELs) are essential to academic achievement and life success. They can and must be taught at all levels of development. Many of our children growing up in high stress environments do not have adequate exposure or opportunity to acquire these skills. A safe supportive environment and SEL training in our classrooms, out of school programs and community programs, will have a significant impact on academic and life success. It is also important for teachers, providers and parents to have ongoing opportunities for skill development.” – Dr. Russell Booker, Executive Director Spartanburg Academic Movement
The Benefits of SEL Are Boundless
Leads to Academic Outcomes and Improved Behavior
Better academic performance: Achievement scores on average of 11 % higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction
Fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, non-compliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals
Impact Is Long-Term and Global
SEL programming can have a positive impact up to 18 years later on academics, conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use. Read the 2017 meta-analysis of 82 research studies involving 100,000 students worldwide.
11:1 Return on Investment
The average return on investment for six evidence-based programs is 11 to 1, meaning for every dollar invested there is an $11 return. Read the 2015 review from Columbia University.
Can Help Reduce Poverty, Improve Economic Mobility
SEL competencies are critically important for the long-term success of all students in today’s economy. A bipartisan 2015 report recommends several steps to scale up high-quality, evidence-based SEL programs as a core component of children’s education. Read the report from American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution.
Improves Lifetime Outcomes
There are statistically significant associations between SEL skills in kindergarten and key outcomes for young adults years later. SEL decreased the likelihood of living in or being on a waiting list for public housing, receiving public assistance, having any involvement with police before adulthood, and ever spending time in a detention facility. Read the 2015 national study published in the American Journal of Public Health.