Support HR 4509

Support HR 4509

You can help to support HR 4509, which broadens opportunities for social and emotional learning in key education bills pending in Congress, by sending an e-mail to your representative. Members of Congress respond to input from their constituents. 

A draft letter follows below. Please feel free to use it as provided or personalize it. Since the bill originated in the House of Representatives, at this time it should go only to members of the House.

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Sample Letter

The Honorable (Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
(District Office Address)


Dear Representative (Name):

As one of your constituents, I’m writing to call your attention to an important new bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives. HR 4509, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Susan Davis and Tim Ryan, is designed to support students’ positive development and academic success through social and emotional learning (SEL).

HR 4509 will expand the availability of evidence-based SEL programs that teach students skills such as self-control, goal setting, collaboration, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. More than two decades of scientific research have shown these skills to improve students’ academic achievement, promote positive school climate, and reduce problem behavior such as chronic absenteeism and drug use.

HR 4509, known as the Supporting Emotional Learning Act, amends the Higher Education Act (HEA) to make sure students preparing to be teachers learn about SEL in their coursework.  It also amends the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) to make research on the importance of SEL a priority at the Institute for Education Sciences and makes SEL an allowable use of funds for grants made through two other HEA programs, the Augustus Hawkins Centers of Excellence program and the Teach to Reach Grants.

HR 4509 will help to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn skills that are vital for success in school and life. I urge you to become a co-sponsor of the bill and to support its inclusion in the revision of the above-mentioned legislation.


(Your Name)

(Your Home Address)