Rutgers professor stresses purpose, benefits of social-emotional learning

In the year ahead, school districts “will receive unprecedented resources and support for social-emotional learning,” yet for most parents and some educators, “it’s not clear exactly what it is,” writes Rutgers University psychology professor Dr. Maurice J. Elias in a guest column for The Star-Ledger.

“The [Social Emotional Learning Alliance for New Jersey] is dedicated to ensuring everyone in New Jersey clearly understands the purpose and benefits of social-emotional learning,” writes Dr. Elias. “When students attend schools where social-emotional learning has a strong presence, they are more likely to enjoy school, less likely to act out, more likely to feel accepted and inclusive of their schoolmates and more likely to do better academically.”

Read his full column here.