Success Stories in the Schools

Schools and Communities Collaborate on SEL Strategic Plan

It’s tough work, but it’s the right work.

— Educator at Montgomery County Public School District in Maryland.

In July 2011, administrators at Maryland’s Montgomery County Public School District began developing a strategic plan that included efforts to integrate SEL into their schools and academic curricula to improve school climate and academic outcomes. MCPS has made SEL a district priority based on the growing evidence that SEL is necessary, not only for interpersonal relationships and academic achievement, but also for future success in the workplace. Learn more about how schools and communities in the district collaborated on the strategic plan.

The Student Perspective

If students have better social and emotional skills, then they will probably get better grades. They would realize that school is important.

— Eighth-grade student.

SEL is shown to be — and endorsed as — beneficial to children from diverse national, cultural and linguistic contexts, especially pertinent given changing American demographics. Students agree: SEL has important benefits and schools should place greater emphasis on developing these skills. Read highlights from interviews with 15 middle and high school students.