Curious

WHY DOES SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING MATTER?

It’s no secret that things need to change. 32% of youth surveyed feel sad or helpless. 52% feel stuck or discouraged. 50% aren’t engaged in school. And 17% have seriously considered suicide.¹

That’s where Social and Emotional Learning comes in.

The Proof

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.²

Students who engage in Social and Emotional Learning can improve their performance in school and personally. They are better equipped to navigate the demands for self-management, constructive relationships, and making empathetic and socially responsible choices.

SEL programs show immediate improvements in mental health, social skills, and academic achievement, as well as long-term benefits for years to come.³ Up to 18 years later, students exposed to Social and Emotional Learning in school continue to do better than their peers on a number of indicators, including positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics. And they have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress, and lower drug use, among many other benefits.⁴

Every dollar invested in SEL programming yields an average of $11 in long-term benefits, including reduced juvenile crime, higher lifetime earnings, and better mental and physical health.⁵ Addressing students social and emotional needs is one of the eight recommended priorities by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve equity in opportunities and outcomes. EMM believes in the importance of Social and Emotional Learning, and that it is crucial for our educators to have the tools they need to adopt Social and Emotional Learning standards nationwide. EMM is committed to providing these tools.

Over time, EMM realized that educators were in need of a cost-effective, results-oriented Social and Emotional Learning program that helps students meet their social and academic needs. So we took on that challenge. We created programs that align with state and national standards, and are easily customizable for individual site and program needs.

To date, the EMM K-12 Curriculum is accessed by more than 4,000 educators representing over 1.4 million students nationwide. A year-long research study, led by the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, showed statistically significant growth in the areas of Prosocial Behavior, Task Persistence, and Work Ethic for students using the EMM K-12 Curriculum. Additionally, our educator surveys reported the following program highlights:

Respect for Others

Self-Esteem and Confidence

Community Awareness

Student Voice

96% of educators surveyed reported that they would recommend the program to other educators, and 95% of educators surveyed agree the program is effective or very effective.

¹2016 Gallup Student Poll, 2017 CDC Youth Risk Behavior Summary & Trend Report

²CASEL (www.casel.org/what-is-sel)

³According to a 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University, and the University of British Columbia

⁴CASEL (www.casel.org/impact)

⁵The Economic Value of SEL, revised 2015

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