The quantitative research is clear: social and emotional learning (SEL) works. But the qualitative research is just as compelling, as these media stories and video clips demonstrate. For example, Cleveland has mobilized the entire city. Nashville is using laughter as a teaching tool. A Washoe County principal is changing the culture of her school.

The links below provide a glimpse into SEL in action. More on our partner district page.

  • Anchorage Public Schools

    “Master teacher Chris Opitz shares resources for integrating social and emotional learning into math class.”

    This is one of several videos Edutopia has produced featuring SEL in classrooms and schools in the Anchorage schools and elsewhere. More from Edutopia here.

  • Austin Public Schools

    Austin Independent School District integrates social and emotional learning with academic learning and its districtwide goals to improve climate and culture. Their five-year implementation plan focuses on evidence-based programming, integration with academics, and building climate and culture. SEL specialists provide professional development for SEL leadership teams and educators at all school sites, followed by on-site coaching. More here.

  • Chicago Public Schools

    Chicago Public Schools has created a multi-tiered system of supports framework for the social-emotional development of all students in the district. This model includes a focus on explicit and integrated social and emotional skills instruction, school culture and climate, and targeted support for, students’ behavior and mental health needs. A team of over 30 SEL staff provides professional development, resources, and school-based coaching support to its 664 schools. More here.

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District

    “In a kindergarten classroom at Wade Park Elementary School this spring, students huddled around their teacher in a tight circle while she held up cards that said ‘proud’ and ‘ashamed’ and explained to them what it’s like to feel those emotions.

    ‘I felt proud when I graduated from college,’ she said. The simple morning classroom exercises are a small part of a data-driven, districtwide social and emotional learning plan in Cleveland.”

    Read more about Cleveland’s citywide approach to SEL. Education Week (June 9, 2015) reports here.

  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

    “In 2012, [Nashville] became the first district in the state – and one of only a handful in the nation –to hire a director of social and emotional learning. The director, Kyla Krengel, trains the district’s staff, from principals to bus drivers, on ways to help students cultivate skills like anger management, relationship building, and mindfulness. The thinking is that happier kids, with fewer discipline problems and the skills to cope with situations ranging from arguments with their best friend to extreme poverty, will more easily be able to focus on classroom lessons, leading to higher test scores.” More here.

  • Oakland Unified School District

    Jaymie Sacramento’s first-grade class builds relationships along with literacy, thanks to partner reading. Morgan Kirschbaum blends community-building into every aspect of his sixth-grade class to help students engage with each other more deeply. Agnes Zapata takes care to craft a positive climate for her eleventh-grade class, finding it beneficial for relationships and student success alike.

    See how these elementary, middle, and high school teachers are integrating SEL into Oakland’s schools. Videos here.

  • Sacramento City Unified School District

    “At the School of Engineering and Sciences, the request from history teacher Mari Edwards was simple: ‘Stand up if you’ve ever seen someone being bullied at school.’”

    Read about Sacramento City Unified School District’s efforts to integrate SEL in the Sacramento Bee (November 2014) here.

  • Washoe County School District

    “When Principal Denise Hausauer walks through the hallways of Damonte Ranch High School, students and staff can hear her coming. And she wants it that way. ‘I want to catch them doing something good,’ she says, adding that the sound of her walk gives students a chance to be in the act of doing something praiseworthy by the time she arrives.”

    Read more about this inspiring high school. Education Week (March 2016) reports here..