Social And Emotional Learning Helps Academic Achievement

The District Administration (4/18, DeNisco) reports that a study published in the American Educational Research Journal in March says that Responsive Classroom, “a widely used K6 teaching technique that integrates social and emotional learning into the school day,” improves academic achievement. The technique has been used for about 25 years, but “this is the first comprehensive study of its impact on student achievement.” Between 2008 and 2011, Sara Rimm-Kaufman, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, randomly selected elementary school teachers in 12 Virginia schools for training in the technique. After three years, math and reading scores improved by 12% against a control group. The results were consistent, even with students who received reduced price or free school lunches.