Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

There is a growing awareness of the need for youth to develop social and emotional skills to be successful in school and later in the workplace. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has selected the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action programs as exemplary in their teaching of social and emotional competencies, evaluation and professional development, awarding Lions Quest with their highest rating, CASEL "SELECT."

  • Outstanding SEL instruction
  • Evidence of effectiveness through rigorous research
  • Outstanding professional development

Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence and Skills for Action programs have received strong program ratings from CASEL in the following areas:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Evidence of Effectiveness
  • Documented Behavioral Impacts on academics, substance abuse prevention, and other social behaviors
  • Given designation in Federal Reviews from SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Education

How does SEL affect academic performance?

According to CASEL's publication, Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs, learning is possible only after students' social, emotional and physical needs have been met. When those needs are met, students are more likely to succeed academically. Improving the social and emotional climate of schools, and the social and emotional competence of students, advances the academic mission of schools in important ways. A study estimating the relative influence of 30 different categories of educational, psychological, and social variables on learning revealed that social and emotional variables exerted the most powerful influence on academic performance (Wang et al., 1997). Satisfying the social and emotional needs of students does more than prepare them to learn. It actually increases their capacity for learning. Social and emotional learning has been shown to increase mastery of subject material, motivation to learn, commitment to school, and time devoted to schoolwork. It also improves attendance, graduation rates, and prospects for constructive employment while at the same time reducing suspensions, expulsions, and grade retention (Hawkins et al., 1999; Malecki & Elliott, 2002).


Lions Quest programs in 31 languages benefit youth in 65 countries around the world.

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