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Reaching All Students: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) under ESSA - A Discussion of the Research and Implications for Professional Learning

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 2:00 P.M. ET

A growing body of evidence indicates the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) to student success in academics, in careers and in life. Learning Forward believes that the opportunity for each and every student to develop SEL competencies is an important equity issue with broad implications for educators, policymakers and systems.

In order to support students as they acquire the SEL competencies and skills that will lead them to success, educators must integrate SEL into educator practice and the school culture. And although ESSA does not explicitly mention SEL, educators and policymakers can use funding offered under ESSA to support evidence-based SEL programs.

To guide this important work, the RAND Corporation conducted a review, sponsored by the Wallace Foundation, of U.S.-based SEL programs for K-12 students to better inform practitioners and policymakers on how SEL can be supported under ESSA. In this report: Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Evidence Review, researchers identified Title I, Title II and Title IV funding streams as potential supports for integrating SEL into state, district and school improvement efforts.

In this webinar:

  • Hear an overview of the research directly from two of the RAND authors, Laura S. Hamilton and Sean Grant;
  • Gain insights into the 60 programs reviewed and ways educators can consider the links to the ESSA tiers of evidence (I-IV) along with recommendations for educators and policymakers;
  • Interact with researchers on questions to assist in developing your SEL efforts locally;
  • Discuss the implications for how to integrate SEL strategies and outcomes into your own professional learning programs; and
  • Learn from fellow Learning Forward colleagues and other attendees as they share their own successes and challenges.

  • Presenters:

    hamilton_laura_3_300[1]Laura Hamilton, RAND Corporation - Laura Hamilton is Associate Director of RAND Education and Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research addresses topics related to educational assessment, accountability, the implementation of curriculum and instructional reforms, education technology, and students’ social and emotional learning. She has also served on several state and national panels on topics related to assessment, accountability, and educator evaluation and is a member of the CASEL Assessment Work Group.

    S_Grant_0663Sean Grant, RAND Corporation - Sean Grant is a Behavioral and Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation and a Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Dr. Grant is interested in advancing the overall transparency, openness, and rigor of intervention research for supporting evidence-based policy and practice. He principally researches interventions for behavioral health, though he is interested in intervention research methodology across the behavioral, social, and health sciences.

    Stephanie Hirsh, Learning Forward, Framing Comments
    Fred Brown, Learning Forward, Panel Moderator

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