Dallas Sees Strides in Social and Emotional Learning Study

Funded by The Wallace Foundation, the Partnership for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) is a six-year initiative focused on exploring whether and how children will benefit if schools and out-of-school time programs work together to align and improve experiences and climate to foster social and emotional learning.

In Dallas, one of six communities nationwide participating in the study, Big Thought, Dallas ISD, Dallas Afterschool and Dallas Parks & Recreation are partnering together to align and implement SEL practices across both settings.

District Administration recently covered the promising early findings from the study, which found that, in addition to having fewer disciplinary referrals and absences, students exhibited improved teamwork, goal-setting and self-control. Campuses as a whole also reported a more positive environment.

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