Help Bring SEL Learning to All Your Schools

As an education administrator, you're often caught in the middle.

You need to balance the needs of students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, regulators, even business owners. Why should social-emotional learning (SEL) get space in your calendar, let alone your schools? 

In many ways big and small, SEL smooths the way for all the other initiatives you need to deliver for your students, your schools, and your community.

Administrators play a huge role in guiding kids’ social and emotional development. Our EQuip Our Kids! campaign is here to mobilize public support for this game-changing cause.  

Read on for ways that, together, we can advocate for social-emotional learning to help all kids succeed in every aspect of life. Here’s a a list of Resources to familiarize yourself better with social-emotional learning from a professional perspective. 

From Our Blog

Advice and Resources for Teachers and Parents

Tools, techniques, videos and links for SEL advocacy.

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Can SEL Close Achievement Gaps?

Read how emotional intelligence impacts educational achievement.

One Teacher's Solitary SEL Journey

"Throughout the semester we would revisit our social, emotional and intellectual needs. I’ll never forget how shocked was the first class with which I did this."

Working With Teachers, Parents and the Public

As long as there has been universal general education in the United States, schools have been forced to balance competing influences that impact the classroom. 

As an education administrator, you see these struggles every day as you balance the needs of different stakeholders in your  building or district. 

Here are some common objections you might hear regarding SEL and ways for you to turn objections into dialogue. For backup information support scroll over our WHY EQ & SEL tab in the menu bar above.

 

  • Some teachers might object to yet another regulatory requirement to cram into their already-overflowing academic calendar. Help them understand that SEL doesn’t displace learning, it smooths the way for it.
  • Some parents might object that SEL means schools are trying to teach, or even replace, values that should be taught at home. Ask them what values they are specifically worried about and show them evidence of how SEL schools can support those values. 
  • Some members of the public might object to public education dollars being spent on non-academic activities. Help them understand that SEL training helps kids become better-performing students today and more productive citizens later. 

Resources for Educators