As school districts systemically implement social and emotional learning (SEL) in all aspects of their operations, integrating SEL with instructional practices and academic content has become a growing priority. 

The integration is happening in several ways:
  • Fostering academic mindsets. Helping students see themselves as learners, and feel like they have something to contribute to the learning.
  • Aligning SEL and academic content. Embedding SEL objectives into the curriculum in reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, the arts, and the other content areas to build and reinforce students’ experience of key SEL skills such as empathy, conflict resolution, and appreciating diversity.
  • Making learning interactive. Using instructional practices and structures that encourage student-led discussions, interactions, and teamwork.
  • Elevating student voice. Providing all students with opportunities to be leaders, problem-solvers, and decision-makers.

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