Wallace Foundation Commissioned Report Shows How ESSA Supports Social-Emotional Learning
Schools looking to implement social-emotional learning programs have several funding options available to them through the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to a new report, which identifies 60 evidenced-based programs that fit ESSA requirements. The report comes from the RAND Corp.’s evidence review of how ESSA supports social-emotional learning, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation.
“We were pleasantly surprised that there are a pretty good number of options for states and districts to consider when they want to adopt evidence-based SEL instruction,” Laura Hamilton, associate director of RAND Education, told The 74. “ESSA doesn’t explicitly use the phrase ‘social and emotional learning,’ but there’s a lot of language in there that suggests opportunities to focus instructionally on students’ SEL skills that would be consistent with the goals of ESSA.”
Here are some of those funding sources:
- Title I: Schools with large populations of low-income students can select interventions that target the social and emotional well-being of these students.
- Title II: These funds support the retention and professional development of teachers. Schools can implement programs that train teachers in delivering SEL, as well as support their own educators’ social-emotional health.
- Title IV: Funds programs that support safe and healthy students and a well-rounded education
The report identified 60 evidence-based social-emotional learning interventions schools and districts can use that align with the ESSA requirements...