The ROI of SEL Just Might Surprise You

Schools and out-of-school programs across the nation are prioritizing social and emotional learning (SEL) to build the critical skills students need to succeed in school and beyond. Research shows that effective SEL programming can lead to improved grades, higher attendance rates, and better behavior.

But with ever-tightening budgets, district and program leaders often wonder — what is the return on investment (ROI) of SEL programming and assessments?

Check out our infographic about the ROI of SEL. The numbers just might surprise you! (You can download a copy of this infographic here.)


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Lee, S., Aos, S., Drake, E., Pennucci, A., Miller, M., & Anderson, L. (2012). Return on Investment. Evidence-based options to improve statewide outcomes. (Document No. 12-04-1201). Olympia: Washington State Institute for Public Policy.

Numerous studies show that investing in effective SEL programs and assessments pays. SEL can not only improve educational achievement but also promotes long-term benefits to society such as reduced crimes and drug abuse — both of which cost communities a great deal of money. By helping students develop strong social and emotional skills, you are giving them the tools they need to succeed and become productive members of society — and that outcome is priceless.

Contact Aperture Education through the form below to learn more about the high ROI of investing in SEL and how you can implement an effective SEL program.

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