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Ribbon SPOTLIGHT 2022
Bringing social-emotional learning to every student through every stakeholder


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As we begin to reclaim an education of the “whole child”, we must focus on a central issue in our worldwide educational systems: how do we re-engineer our children’s education so that we create significant and lasting systems change in which SEL can be part of mainstream education practice. acSELerate addresses this through a systemic SEL approach, guided by science and informed by practice.
Subbu Parameswaran, Co-Founder, Learning Curve
SEL is not another thing on the plate - indeed, it is the plate that everything else rests on

Subbu Parameswaran, Co-Founder, Learning Curve


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Policy Report: Social and Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Innovation Overview

Target Group
100 000
Updated on August 9th, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Education is about creating responsible and dynamic citizens, and enabling children to realize their potential. However, a system predicated around academic achievement cannot fulfil this.
In spite of significant evidence on the role of SEL in attitudes, emotion regulation, learning and academic achievement, SEL hasn't found its place in the education system and it needs to. Urgently so.

How does your innovation work in practice?

acSELerate is a first-in-class, evidence based, systemic SEL program that is based on a set of research backed frameworks, standards and indicators, has been extensively tested on ground and has been validated by global experts.

acSELerate impacts multiple causal pathways:
*Enabling teacher social-emotional competence through development and mentoring
*Enabling teachers to translate this in the classroom through age-graded SEL curriculum and toolkits for students
*Capacity building of school administrators to create conducive learning environments through SEL practices and policies
*Engaging parents to nurture and bring positive home environments through SEL
*Assessing effectiveness through a set of defined standards, indicators and tools that enable measurement of process and outcomes.

Between 2017-20, we have evidence that 45% of teachers and 65% of students showed a one-level improvement in their SEL skills; 74% of participating schools showed improvements in SEL climate.

How has it been spreading?

*acSELerate has seen a 10x growth in adoption across public schools in the last 2 years
*acSELerate has been reviewed and validated by global SEL experts in 2020
*Our COVID response model 'Connect @ Home' took SEL as a home based program to over 20K students in 2020
*By 2025, we aspire to impact 5 million children through acSELerate

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Learning Curve actively seeks collaborative and invested partners who would like to embed our SEL solution in their work. We will support contextualization, program model design and capacity building for partners who see the value in SEL and are able to take a long term view.
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HundrED Academy Review

This approach offers proof of its fast escalation and spread across schools during the last two years in limited resource environments. The demand and escalation have increased due to COVID with a reach of 20k students in 2020.

- HundrED Academy Member

The data clearly shows how impactful classroom based SEL instruction can be. This innovation not only focuses on the student but also the trusted adults in their life, to promote greater change. The whole school approach is greatly needed.

- HundrED Academy Member
acSELerate is a whole-school program with a transformative approach aiming to change education systems by integrating social and emotional learning into the core curriculum. acSELerate has a great potential to continue scaling in other contexts as they engage with State Governments to design and deploy replicable models of SEL in schools.
Academy review results
High Impact
Low Scalability
High Impact
High Scalability
Low Impact
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Low Impact
High Scalability
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Achievements & Awards

November 2021
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
August 2021
"Excellence in Education" award at Sakshi Excellence Awards
April 2021
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