Social and emotional learning: Promoting the development of all students

Joseph E. Zins, Maurice J. Elias

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Students today must be prepared not only to pass tests at school but also to pass the tests of life. Social-emotional competence and academic achievement are highly related, and effective schools are focusing efforts on integrated, coordinated instruction in both areas to maximize students' potential to succeed in school and throughout their lives. A growing body of research demonstrates that evidence-based SEL interventions are associated with academic achievement, health, and citizenship, so a major challenge for schools is how to make SEL a core element of the curriculum and how to implement relevant programming with fidelity and in ways that are sustainable. Tremendous opportunities exist for school psychologists to assist schools in these endeavors, and additional training opportunities must be made available to prepare them for such roles.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)233-255
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Educational and Psychological Consultation
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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