The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning

A discussion for principals focusing on the what, why, and how of social-emotional learning.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become a priority for schools in recent years, especially with the impact of the pandemic. Implementing high-quality SEL that meets the needs of all students is essential, but requires a strong understanding of fundamentals. That’s why NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, sat down with the president of CASEL, Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, to discuss this critical topic. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Systemic implementation of SEL
  • Recognizing the role of student voice
  • How equity relates to SEL
  • Being an advocate with stakeholders

Dr. Aaliyah Samuel is president and CEO of CASEL: the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. With decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and national education leader, she leads CASEL in its mission to support evidence-based SEL to support all students learning and development.