Research and Policy Briefs on Social and Emotional Development

Duration: 2015 - 2018
Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Principal Investigator: Mark Greenberg


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process children, youth, and adults go through to develop the skills to engage with others, manage their emotions, show empathy, handle stress, set goals, make responsible decisions, and in the long run to succeed in work and life. Social and emotional learning can improve students’ academic performance, decrease problem behavior, and increase college and career success. 

During the course of this project, 10 issue briefs were prepared that summarize the current research and identify practice and policy implications of social and emotional development in children. Resources were collected for teachers, parents, schools, policymakers and others to support the social emotional development of young people. To see the series, go to Resources.

Research Team


Social and Emotional Development Matters: Taking Action Now for Future Generations

With a Little Help from My Friends: The Importance of Peer Relationships for Social-Emotional Development

Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Social-Emotional Development in the First Three Years

Social Emotional Development in Preschool is Essential to Student Success Infographic

Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School: Preparation for Success Infographic

Improving the Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-being and Economic Outcomes

Promoting Social Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices that Work Brief

Parent Engagement Practices Improve Outcomes for Preschool Children Brief

Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School: Preparation for Success Brief

Teacher Stress and Health Brief