In the past few years, research has increasingly suggested that social and emotional learning (SEL) matters a great deal for important life outcomes like success in school, college entry and completion, and later earnings. In addition to this, research also tells us that SEL can be taught and nurtured in schools so that students increase their ability to integrate thinking, emotions and behaviors that lead to positive school and life outcomes.
The conference took place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and was organized by the Education Research Section (ERS) and co-sponsored with the Future of Children Journal and the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University.
This conference was designed to bridge research and practice by addressing the research related to SEL and schools and by highlighting programs in the field related to enhancing SEL in schools. Throughout the day, panelists addressed the research related to the importance of SEL. Representatives from the NJ Department of Education attended to share updates on the SEL work being implemented at the state level. Topics such as SEL preservice and professional development for teachers and administrators were discussed. Decision making guides about how schools can pick the appropriate SEL approach were explored.