Prepare Students for Lifelong Success

Personal and Academic Growth with SEL

Learning is social and emotional. That’s why we take a whole-child approach to education, moving beyond a focus on academic achievement alone to incorporate life skills—building relationships, controlling emotions, making responsible decisions—that children must develop for long-term success.

SEL Programs Get Results

More than two decades of research shows that high-quality social and emotional learning programs pay off.

  • 11 percentile-point gain.

    Students who participate in a K–12 SEL program score better on standardized achievement tests.

  • 18 years worth of dividends.

    From six months to 18 years after SEL programs are completed, students can still derive benefits.

  • 11x return on investment.

    Studies show that spending $1 on SEL programs is equal to spending $11 on intervention.

SEL Curriculum Made Easier

No time to integrate a social and emotional learning curriculum across subject areas? No problem. SEL is infused throughout our evidence-based literacy, math, social studies, and science programs. It’s incorporated in whole-class and small-group instructional resources, collaborative and student-choice activities, and personalized feedback delivered by adaptive software.

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    Benefits of Embedded SEL

    With SEL built right into our core, intervention, and supplemental programs, you save time while giving students the support they need by:

    • Building classroom climate
    • Fostering student social development
    • Increasing student confidence
    • Encouraging student empathy

Teach the Core SEL Compentencies

  • Getting-Started Sessions

    Live, online sessions pair teachers with HMH’s instructional coaches to ensure readiness from day one.

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  • Follow-Up Sessions

    One-hour sessions focus on refreshing and deepening knowledge.

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  • Teacher’s Corner®

    On-demand resources and live events build community around today’s social and emotional learning challenges.

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  • Family Room

    On-demand resources, available in English and Spanish, are designed to support families and caregivers.

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SEL by Grade Level

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    Elementary SEL

    Our SEL curriculum for elementary students, embedded throughout HMH’s research-backed programs, educates the whole child.

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    Middle School SEL

    Our SEL curriculum for middle school aims to help students navigate complex peer relationships and learn to resolve conflicts.

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    High School SEL

    Our SEL curriculum for high school encourages students to explore who they are and the impact they want to have on the world.

Insights and Resources

Explore resources and tools that help incorporate SEL into instruction.

  • What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in Education? Insights for K–12 Educators

    What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in Education? Insights for K–12 Educators

    Get answers to common questions like "What is social-emotional learning in education?" and "Why is SEL important?"

  • Social and Emotional Learning: Resources and Articles for Educators

    Social and Emotional Learning: Resources and Articles for Educators

    View social and emotional learning resources and articles for educators to help equip students with valuable lifelong skills. SEL is more important than ever due to the effects of the pandemic.

  • Why and How One District Prioritized Social-Emotional Learning

    Why and How One District Prioritized Social-Emotional Learning

    When we focus on the whole child, teachers have more time to support learning, and academic achievement increases.

  • Social and Emotional Learning in Science: Using Collaboration in the Classroom

    Social and Emotional Learning in Science: Using Collaboration in the Classroom

    Productive discourse lends itself well to building a community where social and emotional learning in science is supported.

  • Classroom Community-Building Activities for Elementary Students

    Classroom Community-Building Activities for Elementary Students

    Ready to help your kiddos develop meaningful relationships and connect with their classmates? Try these classroom community-building activities for elementary students.

  • 10 Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for Responding to COVID-19

    10 Social and Emotional Learning Strategies for Responding to COVID-19

    Nurturing students social emotional learning during COVID-19 is essential. Explore key SEL principles that schools and educators can use during the pandemic.

  • Podcast: Teaching During COVID-19 with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Podcast: Teaching During COVID-19 with Priyank Bhatt on Teachers in America

    Priyank Bhatt, a lead math teacher at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, joins us for a follow-up episode to discuss his experiences with virtual learning as an urban educator, and the social-emotional learning required in the age of COVID-19.

  • Podcast: Wearing the Kindness Cape with Julia Allan on Teachers in America

    Podcast: Wearing the Kindness Cape with Julia Allan on Teachers in America

    Meet Julia Allan, a Kindergarten teacher in Howard County Public Schools. She talks about equity in education, social-emotional learning, the tooth fairy, bus stresses, and the joys of seeing her students grow together.

  • Podcast: The Future of Happiness and Education with Tal Ben-Shahar

    Podcast: The Future of Happiness and Education with Tal Ben-Shahar

    Season 2 of the Shaping the Future Podcast kicks off with special guest Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier and co-founder of the Happiness Studies Academy. Join host Matthew Mugo Fields as he asks about anti-fragility and the elements of happiness.

  • Podcast: From Foster Care to State Teacher of the Year with Anthony Swann

    Podcast: From Foster Care to State Teacher of the Year with Anthony Swann

    Meet Anthony Swann, a fifth grade teacher in Rocky Mount, Virginia. An advocate for hope and empathy when it comes to students contending with trauma, Anthony was named the 2021 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

  • Podcast: Lessons in Language and Loss with Angelica Moreno

    Podcast: Lessons in Language and Loss with Angelica Moreno

    Meet Angelica Moreno, a Spanish kindergarten teacher at the Dual Language Academy at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary in El Paso, Texas. This week's discussion includes dual language learnering, the El Paso Walmart shooting, and the school's reaction to losing one of their own to COVID-19.

  • Podcast: A Seat at the Peace Table with Karen Johnston

    Podcast: A Seat at the Peace Table with Karen Johnston

    Meet Karen Johnston, an elementary school teacher at Harriet Tubman Montessori in New Orleans, Louisiana. Karen helps build a comfortable and open learning environment for her students by utilizing student-directed activities in mixed grade level classes.

  • An Ethnographic Study of Teaching in a High-Tech, High-Touch World (2018)

  • Read 180 Universal: Mindset Study—Early Outcomes (2019)

  • Social and Emotional Learning Research Foundations (2019)

See how our SEL curriculum can put students on the path to long-term success.