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New Report: How to Use ESSA Funds to Support SEL

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Dec 01, 2017

A new report from the Wallace Foundation offers guidance on how states and districts can take advantage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funding to support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). According to Wallace, “Although the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) does not explicitly mention SEL, educators and policymakers can use funding offered under ESSA to support evidence-based programming to promote SEL. These programs could focus on, for example, peer interactions, community involvement, school climate, professional development for instructors, and other areas where the idea is to help improve schools and provide opportunities for low-income students. “

The report goes into detail on:

  • The law’s four tiers of evidence, designed for consideration and use by states and districts,
  • 60 identified K-12 SEL programs that meet ESSA Tiers I through III, outlined by outcomes, school levels, settings, samples, and intervention features,
  • How to take advantage of Tier IV flexibility for programs with no empirical research, and
  • How states and districts can use this report to identify relevant, evidence-based SEL programs that meet their local needs.

You can learn more and download the full report here.

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