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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.


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NoVo in the Media

With Social and Emotional Learning, All Kids Have a Chance to Thrive

21 Nov, 2016

It may not be a typical elementary school exercise. And, with the trend in education toward more rigid and punitive […]

Evidence-based SEL programs improve students’ social-emotional skills, attitudes about self and others, connection to school, and positive social behavior; and reduce conduct problems, aggression, and
emotional distress.

Durlack et al., 2011