True college and career readiness is about more than a student’s ability to read, write, or solve math equations


To succeed in the real world, a student must have the ability to work well with others, persevere through challenges, and make healthy choices and responsible decisions.

Oftentimes these two areas of growth are addressed independently: academic skill is the focus of classroom learning, while social and emotional learning, or SEL, is used as an intervention on an as-needed basis.

Research has established a clear connection between academic and social and emotional growth, which underscores the importance of incorporating SEL development in school classrooms. SEL isn’t about adding another class to students’ schedules or requiring teachers to plan extra activities. It’s about equipping educators with the tools and resources to integrate SEL into their everyday classrooms — helping students set and achieve goals, manage emotions, feel and show empathy for others, and nurture positive relationships to establish a foundation for success.

Watch this TED Talk about the value of social and emotional learning.

(Next page: How SEL can be implemented in the classroom)