New Study Describes How Diverse High Schools Successfully Implement Social Emotional Learning

April 29, 2015

Researchers are working to understand how social emotional learning can effectively implement practices that meet students’ social and emotional needs as well as provide opportunities to learn adaptive skills and strategies to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and NoVo Foundation's has released a study, Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth , which addresses how effective social emotional learning strategies at the high school level can meet the needs of students in diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic contexts in Boston, Brooklyn, and San Antonio. 

Not only is psychological, social, and emotional learning important for providing opportunities for academic achievement, it can also create positive community ties. Schools can foster trust, safety, and community among students and adults in the school; change students’ beliefs about education and themselves as learners; reduce the threat of stereotypes and biases about students’ potential and ability; and more.