In light of tragic events that have put a spotlight on school safety issues, it’s more important than ever to understand the value of students’ social and emotional learning (SEL). While many districts have started conversations about SEL and its correlation to student success, it’s time to start acting.

The majority of students face daunting socioeconomic and emotional pressures. An alarmingly high number of students experience trauma at home, and their attitudes towards learning can vary due to these outside factors. In fact, studies show that up to 60 percent of all high school students are “chronically disengaged” from...

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  • About the Author:

    Abram Jimenez, Ed.D., serves as vice president of Illuminate Education and works with district leadership teams across the country to develop ways to ensure equitable outcomes for all students. Prior to joining Illuminate Education, Dr. Jimenez served as chief of schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), where he provided supervision and support to the local area assistant superintendents and 142 schools. As a senior district leader and executive critical cabinet member building coherence, Dr. Jimenez led the district-wide implementation of SFUSD’s strategic plan and supported the district’s theory of action that lead to continuous improvement.