The final of three "bright spot" briefs examines how states are leveraging ARP funds to improve students’ learning and social and emotional well-being by strengthening adult SEL competency and capacity.

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) provided a $122 billion historic federal investment in K-12 education to help states and districts safely reopen schools and address students’ academic, social, and emotional learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CASEL has recommended three priority areas for social and emotional learning (SEL) investment that can assist states and districts in optimizing ARP for student success:

  1. Promote social and emotional learning (SEL) for students
  2. Align SEL efforts across schools, families, and communities
  3. Support adult SEL competencies and capacity building
This “Bright Spots” brief highlights policy innovations around Priority Area 3—supporting adult SEL competencies and capacity building—through state investments in evidence-based SEL to support academic recovery and social and emotional well-being, the need for which was made abundantly clear by the COVID-19 pandemic. CASEL does not direct the way states and districts spend federal dollars. The information provided in this brief is from publicly available information.

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State Bright Spots: SEL and the American Rescue Plan Act

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