The field of SEL is rapidly expanding as educators sharpen their focus on helping children build skills beyond academic knowledge. School climate initiatives, anti-bullying work, positive behavior supports and other SEL efforts are now steering programs in schools and out-of-school time (OST) settings across the country. Building children's SEL skills has taken on even more urgency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A new podcast series from The Wallace Foundation looks at the history of SEL, its practice, some recent developments and its future. The three episodes feature the authors of an updated guide, Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out, Looking Inside and Across 33 leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers; Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition (Preschool and Elementary Focus).   

Stephanie Jones, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education

​Thelma Ramirez, Research Associate, EASEL Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Lucas Held, Director of Communications, The Wallace Foundation ​​​