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New study:

The 4Rs & other top SEL programs deliver $11 for every $1 invested

A just-released study by  the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Columbia University's Teachers College, "The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning," found that high-quality, research-validated social and emotional learning programs bring a return of $11 for every $1 invested. 

For the study researchers chose six of the nation’s most prominent, scientifically validated SEL programs, including Morningside Center’s 4Rs Program (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution). They analyzed the costs of each program, then examined the long-term benefits of each program based on research findings for that program.  (For instance, The 4Rs has been found to reduce aggression, improve social competence, reduce ADHD and depression symptoms, and improve academic performance, among other things.)  They used cost-benefit analysis to calculate the ultimate value of these  improved outcomes.   

The results suggest that fostering young people’s social and emotional learning is an incredibly powerful investment in the future.

Introducing Teachable Instant

We’ve added a new feature to TeachableMoment.org, our online teacher resource center: Teachable Instant.   Every Monday morning, we offer a new short classroom activity to engage students in a topic in the news or on the calendar – in just 5 to 15 minutes.  Other Teachable Instants this past month include: Who Owns the World's Wealth?Obama's Free College Tuition Proposal, and Global Divestment Day.

In the Circle: Quiet Participation

"Our students have plenty of people in their lives talking to them or at them, far fewer people who practice listening.  They have a need to be heard into speaking." Read staff developer Marieke van Woerkom's latest blogpost.

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