Roger Weissberg

May 30, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning, Vol. 27, No. 1
“Social and Emotional Learning as a Public Health Approach to Education”

What’s the focus of your research? 
The development of school-family-community partnerships to enhance the social, emotional, and academic learning of preschool to high school student; practical social-emotional competence assessments for students; state policies, standards, and guidelines to foster evidence-based district and school social and emotional learning.

If readers take one big idea from your Future of Children article, what should it be?
Well-implemented evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs enhance students' social-emotional skills, prosocial behavior, and academic performance. SEL programming provides an ideal foundation for a public approach to education that can improve the general population's functioning and well-being.

What did you learn from writing a Future of Children article?
Co-authoring this paper helped to clarify my thinking about: 1) the definition of social and emotional learning (SEL), 2) the rationale for SEL, 3) the benefits of SEL, and 4)how to implement systematic SEL as a public health approach to education.

Roger Weissberg is the UIC and LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Education, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.