Explores Current State and Future Opportunities for SEL Curriculum

SHELTON, CONN. (PRWEB) MARCH 05, 2019 - As an increasing number of schools turn to social and emotional learning (SEL) programs to build a positive school climate, there are many commercial offerings available that may or may not meet their needs. Today MDR released a new report, The State of the K-12 Market 2018: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools, that focuses on educators’ preparedness to implement SEL curriculum in school and the barriers they face in addressing students’ social and emotional learning development.

MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, gathered survey responses from more than 500 educators during the winter of 2018, for the fourth and final report in its State of the K-12 Market 2018 series. Developed in collaboration with Committee for Children, a nonprofit working to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning, the more than 60-page report highlights gaps in current SEL offerings and areas of need for which many districts are forced to develop workarounds. It also explores four areas of opportunity for providers to address the demonstrated needs of educators and students: professional development; culturally responsive teaching and equity in education; embedding and integrating SEL; and assessment.

“Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Committee for Children set the ambitious goal of positively transforming the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2028,” said Andrea Lovanhill, vice president of marketing and client relations. “The rapid growth of interest in and implementation of school SEL programs revealed in this report, as well as the education industry’s commitment to developing solutions to help schools transform school climate, will accelerate our progress toward this admittedly audacious, but achievable, goal.”

Sixty-six percent of respondents said that the need to “improve discipline problems” is the most common reason for implementing an SEL program. In addition, the need to improve discipline problems is a particularly widespread driver of SEL programs at the elementary school level, with 71 percent of elementary school respondents identifying discipline problems as their reason for implementation. Nearly 60 percent of overall respondents said their program was implemented in consideration of the “best practices in schools today” and because “research indicates positive outcomes.”

“Implementing SEL initiatives is a relatively new, but rapidly growing movement in schools around the country and many are interested in embedding the development of those skills into academic curricula,” said Kristina James, director of marketing, MDR. “This study reveals that companies who provide schools with academic instructional resources may benefit from exploring partnerships with developers of SEL curricula and incorporating SEL topics and goals into academic texts and activities.”

The complete Social and Emotional Learning in Schools report is available for download here. Media who would like a copy of the report can contact Lisa Wolfe: lwolfe@lwolfe.com, 312-953-8085.

About Committee for Children (CFC)

Committee for Children is on a mission to ensure that children everywhere can thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. Best known for our innovative social-emotional learning (SEL) curricula that blend research and rigor with intuitive program design, we empower children and their adults with skills that help them realize their goals in the classroom and throughout their lives. Since 1979, we’ve been connecting experts in the field to share experiences and advance the cause of educating the whole child. A force in advocacy, we’re helping pass policies and legislation that place importance on creating safe and supportive learning environments. Today our social-emotional learning and child safety programs reach more than 14 million children in over 70 countries worldwide. By lifting up children today, we’re helping them create a safe and positive society for the future. Learn more at cfchildren.org.

About MDR

MDR is a full-service school and community engagement partner. A division of Dun & Bradstreet, MDR is a different kind of integrated marketing services agency that combines rich data with unique digital, creative, and branding capabilities. We’ve been connecting brands through data and marketing services to educators, youth, and parents for 50 years. Reach targeted audiences through our database and digital communities SchoolData, EdNET, WeAreTeachers, WeAreParents, and School Leaders Now. For more information, visit mdreducation.com.