Practice and Policy Brief Reports

Research to Real World, November 1, 2013

Advances in Social-Emotional Learning and its Appication in Policy and Practice

The federal government and some states, including Washington, are moving toward greater integration of SEL into educational and service systems. There is a need for practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to have a state-of-the-art understanding of Social Emotional Learning skills that can be translated into practice and policy across a variety of settings spanning early childhood through adolescence.

Dr. Schonert Reichl's Presentation and Resources:

Presentation Slides

Carthy and Max Bell Foundation SEL Brief


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4. Roeser, R., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., Jha, A., Wilensky, R., Oberle, E., Thomson, K., Taylor, C., & Harrison, J. (2013). Mindfulness training and reductions in teacher stress and burnout: Results from two randomized, waitlist-control field trials. Journal of Educational Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0032093

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7. Olsson, C. A., McGee, R., Shyamala, N. R., Williams, S. M. (2013). A 32-year longitudinal study of child and adolescent pathways to well-being in adulthood. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1069-1083.

8. Schreier, H., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Chen, E. (2013). Effect of volunteering on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA-Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1100

9. Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2006). Altruistic helping in human infants and young chimpanzees. Science, 311, 1301–1303.

10. Warneken, F., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Extrinsic rewards undermine altruistic tendencies in 20-month-olds. Developmental Psychology, 44, 1785–1788.

11. Warneken, F. (2013). Young children proactively remedy unnoticed accidents. Cognition, 126, 101-108.

12. Layous, K., Nelson, S. K., Oberle, E., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). Kindness counts: Prompting prosocial behavior in preadolescents boosts peer acceptance and well-being. PLOS ONE, 7.

13. Executive summary of the Social and Emotional Learning in Teacher Certification project.