2020 Major SEL Policy Achievements

WA HB2816

On March 31, 2020, WA HB2816 was signed into law, which uses social-emotional learning as a powerful tool to foster “physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe, respectful, and positive school and classroom environments that foster equitable, ethical, social, emotional, and academic education for all students.” The law requires that:

  • The model and procedure for nurturing positive social and emotional school climates must align with those of the Washington State School Directors’ Association and the Social-Emotional Learning Committee.
  • Administrators and policymakers consult with experts in social and emotional health, equity, race, and inclusive learning environments.
  • The integrity of learning environments must be protected, regardless of immigration status, religious beliefs, or English proficiency.


VA HB753

On March 12, 2020, VA HB753 was signed into law. This law requires the Virginia Department of Education to do the following:

  • Establish a uniform definition of social-emotional learning and develop guidance standards for social-emotional learning for kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Issue a report on the resources needed to support a statewide social-emotional learning program.

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