The Prevention Research Center at Penn State recently published a brief that addresses the future needs and challenges for research, practice, and policy on social and emotional learning (SEL).
According to the Issue Brief, an overwhelming 83.8% of states at the national level reported that SEL has increased in priority since the pandemic began. The majority are relying on the power of SEL to provide a foundation for resilience, support student engagement, build stronger connections, reduce stress, and improve mental health. The challenge, however, is to integrate it well and systematically build SEL as a critical component of “preparedness.”
Keeping this in mind, the report highlights the “bright and ripe spots” to support school community wellness. The bright spots are examples of SEL practices that are already being applied to support school community wellness. The ripe spots, on the other hand, are the opportunity areas for SEL to support the anticipated needs and preparedness of school communities. As defined in the brief, the school community refers to all stakeholders in the school, including school leaders, teachers, support staff, students, families, and community program partners.
The full brief can be accessed here, and our team syntehzied key insights from the brief in the below visual: