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The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning on Key Student Outcomes

The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning on Key Student Outcomes

Recent trends in education have created a focus in districts and schools on improving their students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, and many educators are aware of the impact these skills have on student success. As many districts roll out programs that tie into chronic absenteeism, academic performance, graduation rates, and college/career readiness, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest research and findings when it comes to SEL.

In a recent research brief, Panorama Education outlined the connections between SEL and what the organization identified as the ABCs of student success (attendance, behavior, and course performance). Below, I’ve highlights the findings and provided strategies and additional resources to help you better understand the research and to better support every student in your classroom or district.

Attendance + SEL

Attendance is a critical issue facing many schools, and with over 8 million students missing three or more weeks of school each year, it’s important to stay aware and provide support to students who may be facing chronic absenteeism. Many factors that affect student attendance, such as homelessness and poverty, are slightly outside of a school’s control, but a school or district can help lessen the stress on students by implementing SEL practices that improve relationships and that drive student engagement. Encouraging students to attend and engage in school despite their struggles at home can make a positive impact on one’s life.

Panorama Education found that student attendance is most correlated with engagement, self-management, and self-efficacy. Additionally, one statistic even states that highly engaged students are 57 percent less likely to be chronically absent in school than students who report low engagement.

How can your school or district increase engagement, self-management, and self-efficacy? Check out the following resources below.

CTE & Dropout Prevention: Motivating Students with Career-Focused Learning

Resources to Fight Chronic Absenteeism

5 Ways Districts Are Fighting Chronic Absenteeism

Behavior + SEL

According to a study from CASEL, when students grow their SEL skills, many educators see improved classroom behavior. Researchers at Panorama Education wanted to dive deeper and figure out what specific SEL topics educators can focus on to help promote positive behavior in their classrooms. Panorama identified that student behavior is most correlated with self-management, social awareness, and teacher-student relationships.

To promote positive behavior in the classroom, here are a few resources for you to implement and consider:

[Classroom Management] Making Student Relationships a Priority

4 Student Rewards That Encourage Intrinsic Motivation – And Don’t Cost a Thing

How 10 Teachers Reach and Encourage Their Struggling Students

Coursework + SEL

Students with high SEL skills tend to perform well when it comes to their coursework and studies. A 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL found that students participating in SEL programs performed 13 percentile points higher than their non-SEL peers when it comes to academics. When looking at the correlation between coursework and SEL, Panorama Education studied academic performance as indicated by student GPA. Panorama’s research shows that student GPA is most correlated with self-management, self-efficacy, and engagement.

We have complied a few resources to help you increase your students’ self-management, self-efficacy, and engagement.

[5 Classroom Tips] Motivate Students for Assessment Success

10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores

How to Help Your Students Find and Maintain Enthusiasm All Year Long

By examining the most current research on the connection between SEL and student success, educators can make informed decisions to best support all of their students.

Interested in more SEL-related ideas to implement in your classroom? Check out this blog post, which includes six websites to explore for research, implementation frameworks, and classroom activities!

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Brita Hammer received a B.S. in Marketing at North Dakota State University. She started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. Brita is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom.

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