Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward

Social emotional learning (SEL) holds great potential for improving learning and college and career-ready outcomes for all students. But there is much work to do to ensure that high-quality, integrated SEL is present in a meaningful and asset-based manner in all schools. How should funders and other SEL supporters invest their resources to make the greatest impact?

A new publication from Education First, created with the support of the NoVo Foundation, is intended to help make those decisions easier. After presenting a thorough analysis of the state of the SEL field, the authors offer recommendations to help partners scale, deepen and integrate SEL for all students. The analysis focuses on the following areas:

  • Teacher practice focused on SEL
  • SEL in districts and charter management organizations
  • SEL in federal and state policy
  • Research on SEL
  • Funder investments in SEL

To read the full resource, see