Skills for long-term success

The field has learned a lot about social and emotional learning (SEL) in the past few years. Science tells us that social and emotional skills are as important for long-term success—including college-going and graduation—as the skills measured on annual tests. You can’t separate the two, and a student’s emotional and social well-being is a critical aspect of their ability to master and retain academic learning. Many districts are prioritizing SEL—Cleveland and Washington D.C. are examples—and Oakland Unified Public Schools saw how helping educators prioritize SEL contributed to dramatic increases in graduation rates for students of color, and a nearly 50 percent decline in suspensions.

We will invest in building the evidence base for social and emotional learning and the field’s knowledge of adolescent development, translating research findings into tools and best practices, and helping to spread that knowledge and those practices.