REL Report Series Helps Educators and Policymakers Implement Social and Emotional Learning Programs

A new series of reports summarizes what is known about social and emotional learning (SEL) and effective strategies that promote SEL for students ages 3-8. The four-part series is based on a literature review conducted by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic.

Social and emotional learning is the process by which children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These reports summarize the benefits of SEL in early childhood and identify the characteristics of SEL interventions that are effective in school contexts.

A systematic review of recent research identified effective SEL programs, strategies, and implementation practices. These effective components include aspects of program design, teacher training and technical assistance, and integration of SEL with existing structures. The review also described state and district policies that support SEL, such as engaging stakeholders, assessing resources and needs, adopting evidence-based SEL programs, integrating SEL into teacher and administrator evaluation systems, and developing comprehensive, freestanding SEL learning standards.

The series includes four reports, each providing links to practice-oriented resources:

  • Part 1: Characteristics of effective SEL programs
  • Part 2: Implementation strategies and state and district policies that support SEL programming;
  • Part 3: Teacher and classroom strategies that contribute to social and emotional learning; and
  • Part 4: Outcomes of social and emotional learning among different student populations and settings.

Read the reports at: