Special Report

Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Work

April 8, 2020
v39 29 SEL Cover
Nearly every student in the United States is out of school this spring, shut out of traditional schools and classrooms for a prolonged period to slow the spread of coronavirus. It’s an unprecedented disruption of academic routines and to the norms of teaching social-emotional learning skills such as managing emotions and resiliency at a time when children need them the most. This report—with original survey data that capture educators' attitudes and experiences with SEL—explores the challenges and opportunities to teaching social-emotional learning when school buildings are open and operations are normal. But these are not normal times, and to help educators navigate how to stay connected to students' social-emotional state when school buildings are closed, we have a story that offers tactics for keeping up the teaching of SEL.