Traditionally, schools have been a place to develop the academic skills and knowledge students need for the future. While academic skills are incredibly important, research tells us there are many other skills that our students need to thrive both inside and outside of school. Those skills, which we call social emotional skills, have become a focus for schools across the country, including Insight PA, as we recognize that it is vital for students to receive direct instruction on managing their emotions, making good decisions, interacting positively with others, and more in order to reach their full potential.  

Here is what the research about social emotional learning (SEL) tells us according to

Academics: Students that participated in SEL programs saw an 11 percent increase in their overall grades and better attendance!

Mental Health and Classroom Behavior: Students participating in SEL programs showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school. 

Long-Term Effects: There is a positive correlation between strong social emotional assets and higher levels of well-being up to 18 years later. (Taylor et al., 2017)

Workforce Development: 6 of the top 10 in-demand career skills involve SEL skills, like complex problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.