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

Why Our Kids Need Social Emotional Learning

17 Oct, 2017

This post, authored by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, first appeared on Facing Today, a blog published by our grantee partner, […]

“Learning is a social process: Children do not learn alone but rather in collaboration with teachers and other adults, in the company of their peers, and with the support of their families. Emotions can facilitate or hamper their learning and, ultimately, their success in school and life.”

Elizabeth Devaney