Preparing Students for Life Beyond the Classroom: Spotlighting Success in North Dakota — The benefits of social emotional learning (SEL) in two rural school districts
Ruthie Caparas; WestEd
To support statewide adoption of social-emotional learning (SEL) and other whole-person strategies, the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd worked with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and North Dakota Regional Education Association to identify districts that had been experiencing success with using whole-person practices.
Using a mixed-method research approach, two districts rose to the top as SEL exemplars: Wilton School District and Richland #44 School District.
This case study explores each district’s successful strategies and some of the benefits they have offered to the district’s students, staff, and communities — beyond the evident student performance data.