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


NoVo in the Media

Buffett & James: 4 Lessons About Social-Emotional Learning From the Winners of This Year’s Teacher Innovation Awards

25 Oct, 2018

Jarred Amato of Maplewood High School in Nashville is building Project LIT Community, a national, grassroots literacy movement that empowers […]

“No society can long sustain itself unless its members have learned the sensitivities, motivations, and skills involved in assisting and caring for other human beings.”


The Ecology of Human Development, ch. 3 (1979)