At the tail end of 2021, the American Institutes for Research released an updated brief on the Instructional Practices That Integrate Equity-Centered Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning. This brief, developed in collaboration with Harmony SEL at National University and the Center to Improve Social Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd, refines a 2014 brief on the integration of SEL with academics and specifically addresses 10 educator practices that promote social, emotional, and academic development.

The authors, listed below, have updated the 10 practices to be more inclusive of the multiple spaces in which students learn and develop and to reflect recent learnings on culturally responsive practices, trauma-informed instruction, and the science of learning and development. To help clarify what integration means, the authors have also provided a taxonomy of SEL-academic integration that includes four categories: explicit skill alignment, explicit strategy alignment, ways of interacting, and ways of being.


Nicholas Yoder, PhD
Harmony SEL at National University

Angela M. Ward, PhD
Transforming Education
Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd

Sara Wolforth, JD
American Institutes for Research

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Give Yourself Permission To Feel
Rebecca Guillory | Jan 19, 2022

“And herein lies one of the problems within our current education system: There’s been a huge shift towards recognizing the importance of social-emotional learning but minimal steps taken to create space for adults to grapple with their beliefs around expressing emotions and showing up (for themselves, their colleagues, and their students) authentically.

Restorative Practices
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Restorative Practices to Implement in 2021
(Woolf, N., Panorama)


Calm a Distressed Mind by Changing Your Environment
(Newman, K.M., Greater Good Magazine, 4/22/21)

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