Social and Emotional Learning and Traditionally Underserved Populations

In order to ensure that social and emotional learning (SEL) benefits all young people, it is important to consider how SEL initiatives affect traditionally underserved student populations and how they can be tailored to better meet the unique needs of different learners. This policy brief focuses on the status of SEL for three traditionally underserved groups:

1. Students with disabilities
2. English language learners
3. Youth involved in the juvenile justice system (justice-involved youth)

In addition to a review of the current state of research and practice in SEL for these three traditionally underserved student groups, this brief explores potential policy levers for using SEL to better prepare these student populations for success in school and life.

Click here or the above image to read the full brief.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF’s events and policy reports are made possible by the support of a consortium of philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.

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