Sarah MetzlerBy Sarah Metzler, Director of Foundations for Learning, HEA

What are the skills needed to help our children be ready for life? National research and state initiatives are increasingly pointing to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as a key component in helping students succeed in the classroom and in life.

“SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions,” according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Some Statistics

According to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, statistically significant associations were found between SEL skills gained by kindergarteners and key outcomes for those same young people years later in terms of education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health.

CASEL also shared a 2015 study by researchers at Columbia University which found that the measurable benefits of SEL exceed the costs, often by sizable amounts. On average, for every $1 invested into SEL programming, there is a return of $11.

At HEA, we continue to deepen our understanding of research and practices that will put our Elkhart County youth on the pathway to success as tomorrow’s workforce and productive adults.

Learn with us: What Is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Source: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)