SEL Outcomes for Students

SEL Outcomes for Students

SEL Outcomes for Students

Education has to be about our students are their development. In the past few years, it seems that that focus has shifted to national testing scores and how we are doing compared to other countries. But in that time, we have also had an increase in mass shootings, violent murders, and racially-charged hate crimes. We have forgotten that academics is just one aspect of education; the developing of socially minded and emotionally balanced young adults is the our responsibility as educators. Our focus has to shift back to producing students who are prepared to face the many challenges that are happening in our world today.

The benefits of SEL for our students are:

  • increased stress resilience
  • greater empathy
  • decrease in depressive symptoms
  • greater peer acceptance
  • increased academic performance
  • increased well-being
  • better college preparedness
  • decreased rates of substance use and abuse
  • greater financial stability
  • better overall physical health
  • changed mindsets

Students who receive SEL programming (as compared with control groups) perform:

  • 9 percentile points lower in emotional distress

Teachers surveyed overwhelmingly believe SEL programs benefit students by:

  • Preparing them for the workforce (87%)
  • Fostering good citizenship (87%)
  • Increasing their ability to be successful in school and ultimately graduate (80%)
  • Preparing them for college (78%)

SEL Outcomes for Schools

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SEL Outcomes for Schools

Our children spend, on average, around 1,000 hours in school a year. That does not take into account the hours spent in extracurricular activities, school functions, etc. But the peak hours of the day are spent in actual instruction. Currently, SEL programs are only present (at least, with regards to real legislative action) in five states, and those programs are still in the early stages of development. That means that 45 states have little to know social-emotional instruction. When our children are spending a large majority of their time in the classroom, you would expect that they would be receiving instruction in such things as compassion, self-worth, social intelligence, and other facets that make us more well-rounded and functional adults. But, for the most part, our schools have cut many programs that sponsor this type of teaching (as well as greatly reducing the art programs), and have instead completely focused on academics. Adolescence is a time of development and maturation, and if our students are only learning facts and figures they are missing out on equally important SEL criteria.

SEL programs can benefit schools through:

  • decreased behavioral interventions
  • fewer suspensions and expulsions
  • greater test scores and academic performance
  • higher graduation rates/lower dropout rates  
  • calmer classrooms

Students who receive SEL programming (as compared with control groups) perform:

  • 9 percentile points lower in conduct problems
  • 11 percentile points higher in academic achievement

These students are also more likely to:

  • complete high school and college
  • have increased academic achievement in all grades and on into college

SEL Outcomes for Communities

SEL Outcomes for Communities

SEL Outcomes for Communities

Our communities are what make us feel belonging; they give us a sense of security, pride, and fellowship with others. We are constantly doing what we can to ensure that our community thrives and provides a safe environment for our youth. But we have to raise children who share this sentiment, this commitment to our community, if we want to continue to see our labors accomplished. Social-emotional learning teaches children the importance of relationships, with those close to them as well as to those that make up their community. Through instruction in compassion, trustworthiness, cultural awareness, and mindfulness (as well as a wide-ranging collection of other lessons), we are raising our children to be more socially-minded, responsible adults.

SEL programs benefit the community through:

  • lower crime rates among youth
  • decrease in “risky behaviors,” such as underage drinking, drug use, and teenage pregnancies
  • decrease in unemployment and generational poverty rates
  • 11:1 return on investment (ROI) from these programs (an average net value of $613,380 per participant)
  • more financial stability and employability  

 

“…if SEL goes up by one standard deviation, earnings go up by 4-15% for each individual student…which indicates very large long-term labor market effects from enhanced SE skills.” 4