Why SEL in D2: The Academic Impact of Social and Emotional Learning
In today's ever-changing education landscape, academic success isn't solely about grades; it's about equipping our children with the skills they need to excel both in school and life. Research by the Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) confirms that Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) plays a pivotal role in shaping educational and career outcomes.
What is SEL, and why is it crucial?
SEL is the process of acquiring and applying knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, set positive goals, show empathy, build relationships, and make responsible decisions. It's a life skill that goes beyond textbooks.
CASEL's research is aligned with D2 priorities and shows:
- Improved Academics: SEL boosts concentration, problem-solving, and collaborative skills, resulting in better grades and test scores.
- Closing Achievement Gaps: SEL benefits students from diverse backgrounds, narrowing educational disparities.
- Lower Potential of Student Dropouts: SEL reduces dropout rates by fostering emotional support and engagement in education.
- College and Career Readiness: SEL enhances vital skills like communication and teamwork, essential for success beyond school.
- Teacher Benefits: Teachers incorporating SEL report increased job satisfaction and effective classroom management.
As adult family members in our D2 community, encourage conversations that use the language of emotions and advocate for SEL programs in schools. Together, we secure a brighter academic future for our children through SEL.