Social-Emotional Learning for Massachusetts students.

At all levels of the preK–12 public education system in Massachusetts – state, district, school, and classroom – we are committed to integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) and supports for overcoming barriers to learning. Across the Commonwealth, our policies, programs, schedules, and investments must reflect our commitment to developing graduates with the full range of skills needed to succeed.

The statewide associations representing superintendents, School Committees, elementary and secondary principals, and educational collaboratives all have identified this issue as a top priority. We have come together to raise public awareness and promote reforms designed to address all of our students’ needs, including their mental health and wellness.

We believe in exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning.



Massachusetts schools have invested tremendous time and resources to improve academic outcomes, often without a comparable investment in the social-emotional learning essential to student achievement. As a result, many students are not developing important social-emotional skills needed for academic, career, and personal success. Read more…



Social-emotional skills are the foundation for success in school and in life. From pre-school through high school, we must ensure that every Massachusetts student develops competencies such as self-management, collaboration, and responsible decision-making, in order to reach his or her full potential.  Read more…



Learn more about opportunities to strengthen SEL in your classroom, school or district with advocacy tools (including tips for working with the press), professional development opportunities, events, news coverage, research, links, and other valuable resources. Read more….


Voices from the Field


Emphasis on social emotional learning was a key strategy in moving two of our schools in Fall River from Level 4 to Level 1.

Meg Mayo-Brown Superintendent, Barnstable

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