NEW YORK (September 27, 2021) – Most educators were generally familiar with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) before the COVID-19 pandemic – but now, virtually all educators are familiar and report that their schools are implementing wider SEL plans, according to the 2021 Social and Emotional Learning Report, a new survey conducted by McGraw Hill. Building upon data collected from a 2018 survey, the latest report found educator awareness of SEL has increased from 83 percent to 94 percent, and teachers are far more knowledgeable about their school’s and district’s plans for teaching SEL skills today (91 percent) than they were in 2018 (77 percent). More than half of educators say that their school has at least begun implementing an SEL plan and administrators report that their institutions are using standalone SEL programs (34 percent) far more than they did in 2018 (16 percent).
Parental knowledge and advocacy of SEL has also grown, with 87 percent believing it is important in helping their children navigate today’s world. Parents recognize that SEL can help their children be more successful in the future, and report that they feel SEL is just as important as academic subjects. Parents also believe that SEL is not emphasized as much as it should be (81 percent), that it has become even more important since the beginning of the pandemic (82 percent), and that it is helpful for children learning online (80 percent).
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