Social Emotional Learning Programs that Help Students

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Each of us use social and emotional skills every day to communicate and respond to others. Students use their social and emotional skills throughout the school day to engage with school culture. Social and emotional learning (SEL) helps students communicate their emotions, engage with others and set goals toward positive behavior. School leaders acknowledge that implementing SEL programming positively impacts school culture by creating structures and expectations around student behavior. SEL programming helps to increase positive attitudes about school and directly impacts student behavior.

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There are many SEL programs available today. But which program should you choose? Are you a teacher or school leader looking to shift the culture in your building? Is SEL programming new to you or do you have years of experience? When choosing the program that best fits the needs of your school, consider the capacity of staff, if there are specific skills that students need support in and if the program offers some measures of success. 

As the teacher or school leader, you have choices to make about which program would best serve your students. See below for a few examples of programs with evidence-based success measures:

Go Strengths

Go Strengths is a module-based program that students can self-navigate.

Second Step

Second Step focuses on early ages through middle school.

If your school is currently working with Kickboard or thinking about how to identify an SEL program that Kickboard supports, below are some ideas.


Champs Classroom Management Program 
This program provides research-based strategies for instructional staff to communicate expectations and support transitions.


Competent Kids Caring Communities (CKCC)
This preK-5 SEL program focuses on family-school collaboration.

Lions Quest

Lions Quest
This program focuses on addressing negative behaviors through connection and anti-bullying programming.

Collecting data on SEL student development and success is critical information for school leaders. It helps make informed decisions for future interventions and supports. Kickboard can provide tools to support leaders with gathering data-driven evidence of growth and success. This will measure how effectively students can put their SEL knowledge into practice and inform instructional staff on how to continue their programming support.

SEL has become an important part of learning and instruction in schools and at home. Using SEL programs help to support student growth and provide opportunities for students to practice in schools and in their communities. Parents can support student development at home which impacts how students engage with friends and family. Fostering SEL skills in different settings benefits students in numerous ways; most importantly management of emotions, building and maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions.