Help Bring SEL to All Your Schools

As an education administrator, you’re often caught in the middle. You need to balance the needs of students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, regulators, even business owners. Why should social-emotional learning (SEL) get space in your calendar, let alone your schools? 

In many ways big and small, SEL smooths the way for all the other initiatives you need to deliver for your students, your schools, and your community.

Administrators play a huge role in guiding kids’ social and emotional development. So does our EQuip Our Kids! campaign. 

Read on for ways that, together, we can advocate for social-emotional learning to help all kids succeed in every aspect of life. 

Advocate for
Social-Emotional Learning

Only 10 percent of K-12 schools have comprehensive SEL implementation. Here are easy ways you can advocate for widespread SEL adoption.

  • Be sure to “like” our Facebook page.
  • Say Yes to SEL by adding your name to our SEL Endorser’s list.
  • Join the SEL alliance in your state. (If your state doesn’t have one, you could start it!)
  • Contact other school district administrators and your board of education to get them behind social-emotional learning. For guidance on what to say, click here.
  • Contact your state legislators to get them behind social-emotional learning. Easy to do by clicking here. For guidance on what to say, click here.
  • Talk with parents in your community about social-emotional learning. If they’d like more information, you can direct them to our Parents page. 
  • Contact us to volunteer for a role in your community or state.
  • Allocate some of your organization’s required continuing education units (CEUs) to learning more about SEL and how to apply it in your building or district. 

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Working With Teachers, Parents, and the Public

As long as there has been universal general education in the United States, schools have been forced to balance competing influences that impact the classroom. 

As an education administrator, you see these struggles every day as you balance the needs of different stakeholders in your building or district. 

Here are some common objections you might hear regarding SEL and ways for you to turn objections into dialogue. 

  • Some teachers might object to yet another regulatory requirement to cram into their already-overflowing academic calendar. Help them understand that SEL doesn’t displace learning, it smooths the way for it.
  • Some parents might object that SEL means schools are trying to teach, or even replace, values that should be taught at home. Ask them what values they are specifically worried about and how they think schools can support those values. 
  • Some members of the public might object to public education dollars being spent on non-academic activities. Help them understand that SEL training helps kids become better students today and more productive citizens later.