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These guidelines are designed to provide a lens through which to view potential or current SEL efforts, to provide a validated reference point for the many considerations involved in determining how SEL should be carried out. This guidance might be used for:

  • informing the development of a program under consideration or being proposed,
  • examining and improving the effectiveness of an existing program, and
  • informing decisions, generally, about the design and dissemination of SEL-related
    programming at the policy level.

National PTA released the findings of a national survey exploring parents’ mindsets as the 2022-2023 school year ends. This is the third survey exploring parent mindsets this school year and the sixth in a series of surveys commissioned by National PTA and supported by the CDC Foundation. The survey included more than 1,400 parents and guardians with children in grades K-12 in public schools. It was conducted from April 12-26, 2023 by Edge Research.

Many schools use exclusionary discipline—such as suspensions and expulsions—to deter students from misbehaving and to protect students from the harms associated with exposure to student misbehavior. Research indicates that, while often implemented with good intentions, exclusionary discipline increases (rather than deters) misbehavior and risks of dropout and juvenile and adult incarceration.

In response, schools have implemented restorative practices to inculcate conflict resolution skills and strengthen community bonds and responsive practices to resolve conflicts and repair relationships.

A school’s responsibility not to discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, or national origin applies to any program or activity of the recipient, directly or through contractual or other arrangements. Where appropriate, the Departments’ investigations under Titles IV and VI have included the entire course of the disciplinary process, from behavior management in the classroom or on the school bus, to referral to an administrator, to resolution of the discipline incident (including involvement of law enforcement).

Research has shown social and emotional learning (SEL) to be an integral force for students’ education and well-being with positive effects lasting into adulthood. The brief concludes with a look at the role business and policymakers must play in addressing equity gaps and expanding access to integrative SEL and career and workforce development models.

Public schooling has always been politically fraught, but current disagreements over issues related to race, sexuality, gender, and Covid-19 have reached a tipping point. According to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education and RAND, half of school system leaders say that these disagreements are disrupting schooling.

Almost one in three district leaders also said their educators had received verbal or written threats about politically controversial topics since fall 2021, the report shows.

The findings come from surveys issued to 300 district and charter network leaders and interviews with superintendents. Their responses shed light on how political polarization has affected classrooms and how districts are responding.