Representative Tim Ryan Introduces Legislation to Invest in Social and Emotional Learning
Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (OH-13) today introduced the Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act on International SEL Day. The bill authorizes a competitive grant program to increase the capacity of teachers and school leaders to work with families to develop and support the social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets of children.
"By investing in a competitive grant program for social and emotional learning, we're investing in the well-being of our kids. In Youngstown, Ohio, over half of students fall beneath the poverty line, so there's a desperate need for a program in schools that teaches kids how to navigate stress in their home lives on top of their school work,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “There's clear evidence that suggests Social and Emotional Learning programs help increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation among students. I’m proud to introduce this important legislation that will help our kids live healthy lives both in and out of the classroom."
Studies have shown that schools implementing SEL practices see improvements in academic performance and classroom behavior. But additional research shows that these school-based programs are even more effective when they are supported by parent and family involvement. This legislation emphasizes the role parents can play in helping children learn social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets.