Why is Social Emotional Learning Important in Schools?
Students are more successful in school and daily life when they:
* Know and can manage themselves
* Understand the perspectives of others and relate effectively with them
* Make sound choices about personal and social decisions
* These social and emotional skills are some of several
short-term student outcomes that SEL programs
promote (Durlak et al., 2011; Farrington et al., 2012;
Sklad et al., 2012).
Other benefits include:
* More positive attitudes toward oneself, others, and tasks including enhanced self-efficacy, confidence, persistence, empathy, connection and commitment to school, and a sense of purpose
* More positive social behaviors and relationships with peers and adults
* Reduced conduct problems and risk-taking behavior
* Decreased emotional distress
* Improved test scores, grades, and attendance
In the long run, greater social and emotional competence can increase the likelihood of high school graduation, readiness for postsecondary education, career success, positive family and work relationships, better mental health, reduced criminal behavior, and engaged citizenship (e.g., Hawkins, Kosterman, Catalano, Hill, & Abbott, 2008; Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015).