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Strong research and demand support social and emotional learning (SEL) as central to learning and development. This article shares our growing understanding of a systemic approach to SEL where young people, families, schools, and communities play a critical role in shaping students’ learning, development, and experiences. With school-family-community partnerships, systemic SEL creates equitable learning conditions through aligned policies, resources, and actions at state and district levels to enhance student development.

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Decades of research show that the development of students’ social, emotional, and academic competencies lead to beneficial outcomes at school and in life, ranging from improved school climate, to better mental health, to long-term gains in academic achievement. To be most effective, it is essential that states, regions, districts, and schools coordinate their efforts to infuse the principles of SEL across curriculum and instruction, discipline practices, out-of-school time, and engage in ongoing assessment and continuous improvement.

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This page is a summary of: Systemic social and emotional learning: Promoting educational success for all preschool to high school students., American Psychologist, October 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/amp0000701.
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