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EL Receives Highest Social and Emotional Learning Competency Rating

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    Alexis Margolin

Earlier this month, EL received important recognition of the social and emotional learning competencies in its secondary school model. EL was one of only nine organizations out of 380 that received the highest “SELect” rating by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in the "2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition." See the report on EL 

Programs that received the top rating: intentionally and comprehensively promote students' development across CASEL’s five social and emotional competency clusters; engage students in their own social and emotional development by promoting awareness (e.g., through discussion or reflection) and providing opportunities for practice; and offer programming over multiple years.

While this review looked at EL’s model at the secondary level, social and emotional learning competencies are an integral component of EL’s work across K-12, as demonstrated by our expanded definition of student success. The inclusion of this focus in our K-5 curriculum is one of the many things that distinguishes our materials from the rest of the field.