- Social and Emotional Learning Is the Cornerstone
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical for preparing students for college and career success. Integrating SEL into academic instruction in meaningful ways supports students‘ SEL development. However, research indicates that many high schools have not yet implemented programming that offers explicit SEL instruction and integrates SEL into academic instruction. This report provides an illustration of two Opportunity by Design (ObD) high schools in which practices for supporting students‘ SEL were implemented schoolwide and integrated into teachers‘ academic instruction. The ObD initiative was launched by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the design and creation of a network of small, innovative high schools of choice in large, urban districts in the United States. These schools provide a unique perspective on what implementation of schoolwide, integrated, explicit SEL instruction can look like when it is a core design feature from school inception. The findings may provide valuable insight for leaders of other small high schools seeking to strengthen their own focus on SEL.