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Social and Emotional Learning as a Catalyst for Academic Excellence

Categorized Under: Education, Research + Evaluation



ICF International's white paper explores how implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) has the potential to prepare students for workforce success and positively influence student engagement and academic performance while reducing dropout rates. Self-improvement and leadership development sections of bookstores are replete with texts advocating for the integral relationship that emotional intelligence plays in the development of an effective workforce. Is there an advantage to developing emotional intelligence prior to entering the workforce?

For more information, watch the videos below as ICF International’s Dr. Anthony Marchese and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorea Marple discuss how emotional intelligence—or social and emotional learning (SEL)—is an important component in the development of initiatives to increase student learning and engagement at all levels (K–16).

What does emotional intelligence "social and emotional learning (SEL)" mean?

Educating the whole child. How does emotional competence fit into public education?

How are the 5 competency areas of social and emotional learning integral to a student's success?

What role does social and emotional intelligence play in educating the whole child?

Why is the social and emotional learning curriculum as important as the academic curriculum?

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Authored By

  • Dr. Tony Marchese

    Senior Project ManagerICF International

    Anthony Marchese is a Kentucky state coordinator with the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC), and he has more than 16 years of leadership and organizational development experience in educational institutions and consulting firms. Dr. Marchese's areas of expertise include organizational assessment and design, executive coaching, development and deployment of face-to-face and hybrid professional development, change management, and stakeholder analyses and needs sensing. He is also an expert in employee engagement, college and career readiness, social and emotional learning, strengths-based leadership development, and ethical development.

  • Kimberly Cook

    Education SpecialistICF International

    Kimberly Cook has more than 25 years of experience in the education sector. As a specialist in ICF’s Charleston, West Virginia office, she provides research assistance and support on several projects, including the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic, the National Laboratory Network, and the Reform Support Network. Her past work in a variety of capacities includes support of U.S. federal programs such as the Eisenhower Regional Mathematics and Science Consortium, the Region IV Comprehensive Center, and Appalachia Educational Laboratory.

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Published: May 22, 2012
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Source: ICF International

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