A new research brief, School Climate and Social and Emotional Learning: The Integration of Two Approaches, by David Osher and Juliette Berg at AIR, reviews research on how positive school climates support social-emotional learning (SEL) and how improved SEL contributes to improved school climate in elementary and secondary schools.The authors present research from various journal articles, research briefs, policy guides, and other sources. Key findings were as follows:
- Supportive relationships, engagement, safety, cultural competence and responsiveness, and academic challenge and high expectations create positive school climates that can help build social and emotional competence.
- The relationship between positive school climate and SEL is interactive and co-influential, occurs in all settings and student-teacher-staff interactions, and influences students and teachers directly and indirectly.
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