Help Bring SEL Learning to Your Students

Teachers get exposed to many theories, trends, and best practices. Sometimes, it can feel like “idea of the month.” But many teachers are starting to see social-emotional learning (SEL) as the missing link in schools. SEL reduces behavioral issues and violence in schools and leas the way to healthy school cultures and relationship. Beyond that, it prepares and supports students for focused learning today and success later in life. 

Educators can play a huge role in guiding kids’ social and emotional development. Our EQuip Our Kids! campaign encourages you.to accelerate your teaching and your student’s success by advocating  among colleagues, administrators and your union for comprehensive adoption of SEL curricula at your school and district.   

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

Ways to 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 adoption.

  • Be sure to “like” our Facebook page.
  • Join the SEL Alliance in your state. (If your state doesn’t have one, you could start it!)
  • Contact your school and district administrators and 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.
  • Inform and perhaps even organize parents and their organizations 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 required continuing education units (CEUs) to learning more about SEL and how to apply it in your practice.

From Our Blog

Advice and Resources for Teachers and Parents

Tools, techniques, videos and links for SEL advocacy.

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One Teacher's Solitary SEL Journey

"Throughout the semester we would revisit our social, emotional and intellectual needs. I’ll never forget how shocked was the first class with which I did this."

Talking With Your Administration

Social-emotional learning is most powerful when practiced by your whole school. It  exerts a strong, positive influence on a healthy school climate and culture. 

If your school or district administration isn’t implementing this learning as part of school climate efforts, now is the time to ask why not? SEL supports many of the educational achievement and policy goals that  drive an administrator’s agenda. 

Note that school climate is one characteristic measured and reported as a requirement of the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

Administrators will often ask about the resources, logistics, and impacts of implementing a new policy or practice. Suggest starting with one or two easy, low-cost practices as a way to acknowledge the social and emotional life that students, faculty, and staff bring to school with them every day. 

If your school or district administration is already implementing SEl (in some districts it is called Character Curriculum), congratulations! You’re already ahead of most of the country. 

We encourage you to get involved in ongoing SEL practices in your building. You might even decide to become an SEL coach for your fellow educators.