This “Bright Spots” brief highlights policy innovations of states moving toward the goal of evidence-based, systemic SEL, showcasing efforts that specifically center equity as examples that can inspire other states.
A “Bright Spot” is an innovative example of policy designed to support implementation of evidence-based, systemic SEL within the unique context of a state. As each state works toward the goal of supporting systemic SEL, the purpose of “Bright Spots” is to inspire and motivate all states, illuminating their journey. This brief includes bright spots from California, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, and Wisconsin.All high-quality, SEL policies are designed to create conditions that advance equity and excellence. In the context of SEL, equity and excellence mean that each and every student—across race, ethnicity, family income levels, learning abilities, geographic locations, home language, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other factors—should have experiences and environments that support healthy social, emotional, and academic development. SEL policies centering equity are critically important in prioritizing strategies specifically designed to support social and emotional development of all students. Access the full brief for more on how states are beginning to show progress leveraging SEL to specifically advance equity into their policies