A Leading SEL Program Gets Positive Results—But Only if It’s Used

A Leading SEL Program Gets Positive Results—But Only if It’s Used

In March 2014 the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) published results from a large, rigorous, three-year study of the Responsive Classroom approach. Responsive Classroom is one of 23 exemplary evidence-based social and emotional learning programs identified in the 2013 CASEL Guide. The study, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation, was conducted by Sara Rimm-Kaufman and colleagues at the University of Virginia Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). In addition to being a national leader in the SEL field, in 2007 Rimm-Kaufman was the first scholar to receive CASEL’s Joseph E. Zins Award for Action Research on Social and Emotional Learning. In this blog entry, Rimm-Kaufman describes the origins of the study, its method, and its findings.

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A Changed Perspective

Chicago Public Schools fifth-grade teacher Julie Van Fleet has been using Second Step, one of the evidence-based social and emotional learning programs reviewed in the 2013 CASEL Guide. Our thanks to Julie for submitting the following success story.

One year I had a student who had difficulty getting along with his peers. He would react quickly and intensely, causing most seemingly small moments to escalate at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, it got to a point where other students found it amusing to witness one of these reactions from him, which of course made things even worse. About halfway through the year, we started implementing Second Step and embedding social emotional learning strategies throughout the school day. We practiced a lot of calm-down strategies and problem-solving skills, as well as community-building and empathy activities.

From my point of view as their teacher...  Read more

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SEL in Action: Stories from the Field

SEL in Action: Stories from the Field

Recently we asked our collaborators and partners to share stories about how social and emotional learning is being implemented in schools across the country. Their responses vividly demonstrate what research has shown: that SEL positively affects the process of teaching and learning, addresses issues like bullying and discipline, improves school climate, and makes a positive difference in the lives of children and youth.

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