Advancing Social
and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing fundamental skills for life success within supportive, participatory learning environments. Attained through both curricula and instructional practices, SEL’s skills include recognizing and managing emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships and making responsible decisions. These crucial capacities can be taught by classroom teachers to students of every background.

Our Strategic Approach

Our strategic approach to advancing social and emotional learning emphasizes working through formal education structures and other systems to integrate SEL practices. We work to achieve scale by supporting providers of evidence-based SEL, building the field by gathering partners and increasing demand through effective communication. We monitor and evaluate our efforts while remaining flexible to capitalize on emerging opportunities.


COIN – Civic Opportunities Initiative Network


Updates from NoVo

Grant Opportunity to Support SEL and Equity in Your Community

15 Jul, 2019

Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, is proud to announce the 2019 Regional SEL Convening grants. The goal of […]

“There is compelling evidence demonstrating academic, social and emotional learning are inextricably linked, and emotions and relationships affect how and what
we learn.”

American Institutes
for Research