RAND Center for Social and Emotional Learning Research

Recent research has demonstrated the importance of helping students develop a broad range of competencies that include but are not limited to academic achievement. Educators are increasingly working to promote students’ interpersonal competencies, such as collaboration and social awareness, and their intrapersonal competencies, such as emotion regulation and goal setting. The process through which these competencies are developed is often referred to as social and emotional learning (SEL). Research suggests that the development of SEL competencies while students are in school predicts a variety of later outcomes, such as participation in postsecondary education, success in the workforce, civic engagement, and personal well-being.

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    Research on the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative

    Jan 15, 2019

    RAND is conducting research on The Wallace Foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), which explores whether and how students will benefit if adults in schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs work together to align and improve experiences and climate to foster social and emotional learning.

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    RAND Education Assessment Finder

    Nov 1, 2018

    An interactive tool with information on more than 200 assessments of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and higher-order cognitive competencies. Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can use it to explore what assessments are available, how they are administered, and other attributes.

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