Research: How SEL connects to Student Outcomes

Why SEL Matters

Social-emotional learning describes the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life. These skills and beliefs include a wide array of topics, including growth mindset, relationships with adults, and sense of belonging at school. Educators use many names for these skills, such as “non-cognitive skills”, “soft skills”, “21st century skills”, “character strengths”, and “whole child.” 
Social-emotional learning is an important part of a well-rounded education. Research shows that SEL is an important lever for boosting academic achievement, including 11% gains in academics. Positive social-emotional skills are also correlated with improved attendance, reduced disciplinary incidents, and an 11:1 return on investment for SEL programs. 

What New Research Tells Us

To learn more about the relationship between SEL and improved academic outcomes, please explore our new research on the connections between social-emotional learning and the ABCs (Attendance, Behavior, Course performance).

Watch the next brief videos where our research team shares some exclusive findings from our national dataset that show how district administrators can better support students:

Are Stronger SEL Skills Linked to Better Attendance, Behavior & Grades? (Duration 3:39 min)

SEL as a Remedy for Course Failures? What You Need to Know (Duration 2:55 min)

Panorama helps schools and districts measure and understand students’ SEL skills in three core areas: 

 Student Competencies: The social, emotional, and motivational skills that help students succeed at school, in their careers, and in life. Includes: Grit; Growth Mindset; Self-Management; Social Awareness; Learning Strategies; Classroom Effort, Self-Efficacy, and Social Perspective-Taking. 
✓  Student Supports and Environment: The environment in which students are learning, which influences their academic success, their social-emotional development, and their growth as human beings. Includes: Teacher-Student Relationships; Sense of Belonging; School Safety; Rigorous Expectations; Engagement; and Valuing of ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. 
✓  Teacher Skills and Perspectives: Teachers’ readiness and preparation to support SEL on campus – do teachers feel that they have the skills, knowledge, and resources to support social emotional outcomes? Includes: Teacher Self-Reflection; Professional Learning About SEL; School Climate; Resources for Student Support; and Educating All Students. 

Take Action

Learn more about our Social Emotional Learning  instruments here:

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