Skills for long-term success

There is wide agreement among teachers, parents, elected officials, and others that social emotional learning (SEL) is a critical component of long-term success for students inside and outside the classroom.

There is strong evidence that SEL is as important for long-term success—including college-going and graduation—as academic gains, and that supporting students’ social and emotional development can produce significant gains in grades and test scores.

We believe there is a tremendous opportunity within our K-12 strategy to infuse SEL into other work, while also maintaining a continued emphasis on academic rigor. We are focused on expanding the evidence base in the field around social emotional learning and identifying the SEL competencies that are most critical to the long-term success of students. Additionally, we will pursue opportunities to support the development of SEL tools and best practices, and building awareness, availability and delivery capacity of them in the field.