Summary

July 2010 - A new study reveals that students who participate in school-based programs focused on social and emotional learning (SEL) profit in multiple ways.

Compared to students who do not experience SEL programming, they improve significantly with respect to:
  1. Social and emotional skills
  2. Attitudes about themselves, others, and school
  3. Social and classroom behavior
  4. Conduct problems such as classroom misbehavior and aggression
  5. Emotional distress such as stress and depression
  6. Achievement test scores and school grades, including an 11-percentile-point gain in academic achievement
These are the results of a meta-analysis of 213 studies of SEL programs involving a broadly representative group of 270,034 students from urban, suburban, and rural elementary and secondary schools.

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