Federal and state policies create the conditions for social and emotional learning (SEL) to flourish in districts, schools, classrooms, and communities. They help to scale and spread good practice and to foster SEL as an integral part of every student’s education.
We work with the field to support federal efforts to increase funding for research and evidence-based practice related to social and emotional learning. This includes the many opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for states to improve the conditions in which students’ social and emotional development can thrive.
In addition, the Higher Education Act is up for reauthorization, which may present new opportunities for funding.
We also supported and participated in the National Commission on Academic, Social, and Emotional Development.
Through our Collaborating States Initiative, we are working with 30 states to support SEL. All 50 states have incorporated SEL into their preschool standards. A growing number are doing the same for grades K-12. Learn more by viewing our State Scan Scorecard project, Emerging Insights Report, and extensive CSI resources.