Project: Social-Emotional Learning in Rice County Schools
The Northfield team is currently working with Northfield Promise on two of their key benchmarks: “every child will exhibit social, emotional, and physical health in the elementary and high school years”. Our role is to develop core common language, curriculum for implementation, and tools for measurement.
What is SEL?
Social and emotional learning is a process for helping individuals develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness.
These are the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work, effectively and ethically. Learn more here.
Why is SEL Important?
Social emotional learning has been shown to have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.’s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction demonstrated:
- better academic performance: achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction;
- improved attitudes and behaviors: greater motivation to learn, deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, and better classroom behavior;
- fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals; and
- reduced emotional distress: fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, and social withdrawal.