About the SEL Center

The RAND Center for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research provides new evidence about the effectiveness of SEL programs and practices. We also translate that evidence into concrete guidance to inform policy and practice at all levels of the education system.

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    The RAND Center for Social and Emotional Learning Research

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which people develop these competencies. The RAND Center for Social and Emotional Learning Research provides new evidence about the implementation and effectiveness of SEL programs, practices, and assessments.

Key Focus Areas

Effectiveness and Implementation of SEL Programs and Practices. What does research tell us about the effectiveness of specific SEL curricula and practices, and what supports are needed to ensure high-quality implementation?

SEL Assessment. How can practitioners, policymakers, and researchers measure students’ SEL competency development, and how can they use results from SEL assessments appropriately?

SEL School and Out-of-School Program Integration. How can schools partner with out-of-school-time providers to infuse SEL supports into students’ experiences throughout the whole day?

School Climate and Discipline Policies. How can reforms to disciplinary strategies promote student development and improve school environments? How can practitioners and researchers measure school and classroom climate?

Civic Development. How can schools can promote media literacy, critical thinking, and other civic skills and dispositions?

National Trends in SEL Beliefs, Supports, and Implementation. What can nationally representative survey data tell us about how teachers and school leaders are addressing SEL? What SEL-related needs to educators have, and what are their SEL goals for students?

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