Cookie preferences

HundrED uses necessary cookies that are essential to use the service and to provide a better user experience. Read more about our cookies.
Accept cookies

Policy Report: Social & Emotional Learning


Social and emotional skills are crucial for all of us to thrive in today’s unpredictable world. Thus, social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a top priority on the agendas of education stakeholders in many countries. From an equity perspective, ensuring that every child has access to SEL requires a systemic approach and a strong commitment from those responsible for formulating educational policies. This policy report is aimed at policymakers eager to widen their understanding, address the challenges and increase the opportunities for social-emotional learning in their education system. The report is a joint effort by HundrED and the LEGO Foundation to highlight relevant research, share key challenges and showcase successful solutions implemented across the world.


“2017 Annual Report.” GRASSROOTSOCCER. Accessed March 25, 2022.

“2017-2018 Research & Insights Report.” GRASSROOTSOCCER, n.d.


Aguilar, Pilar, Isabel Lopez-Cobo, Francisco Cuadrado, and Isabel Benítez. “Social and Emotional Competences in Spain: A Comparative Evaluation Between Spanish Needs and an International Framework Based on the Experiences of Researchers, Teachers, and Policymakers.” Frontiers in Psychology 10 (2019).

Alcaldía Mayor De Bogotá Secretaría De Educación Del Distrito. “Emociones Para La Vida. Programa de Educación Socioemocional. Guía Para El Docente.” Bogotá D.C., 2018.

Alianza Educativa. “Informe de Gestión 2020.” Bogotá D.C., 2020.

Atentamente. “Reporte Anual 2020,” 2020.

Bonilla-Rius, Elisa. “Education Truly Matters: Key Lessons from Mexico’s Educational Reform for Educating the Whole Child.” In Audacious Education Purposes: How Governments Transform the Goals of Education Systems, edited by Fernando M. Reimers, 105–51. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020.

Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. Social Innovation, the Kaleidoscope: Brick by Brick, Building the Foundation of Play, 2022.

CASCAID. “Social-Emotional Learning Standards,” May 7, 2021.

CASEL. “Collaborating States Initiative.” Accessed March 24, 2022.

CASEL. “What Is the CASEL Framework?” Accessed March 22, 2022.

“Character Education Framework Guidance.” London: Department for Education, November 5, 2019.

De La Fuente, Danielle, Founder & CEO, Amal Alliance United States of America.” Accessed March 17, 2022,

De La Fuente, Danielle, CEO of Amal Alliance.. “Implementing at Distance: Top 10 Reflections from Amal Alliance’s Colors of Kindness Team.” HEA Learning Series (blog), February 23, 2021.

Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills. Personal and Social Development, Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity. Welsh Assembly Government, 2008.

Department of Basic Education Republic of South Africa. “Teaching South African children to read for meaning.”

“Education 2030: Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All.” Accessed March 22, 2022.

EDUCATIONLINKS. “Social and Emotional Learning and Soft Skills | Education Links.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

En Sus Zapatos. Un Espacio de Empatía Activa. “Informe de resultados de evaluación – Programa En sus Zapatos Curso Escolar 2019/2020.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

En Sus Zapatos. Un Espacio de Empatía Activa. “¿Qué es En Sus Zapatos?” Accessed March 23, 2022.

Fauteux, Michael. “Building School Culture With Gratitude.” Getting Smart, December 29, 2018.

Fauteux, Michael, and Giacomo Bono. “How Technology Can Help All Students Become More Grateful.” Greater Good Magazine (blog), February 25, 2020.

Federal Ministry of Education. “National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence-Free Schools with Its Implementing Guidelines.” Nigeria-Education in Emergencies Working Group, August 2021. https://education.

Frye, Katherine E., Delaney L. Boss, Christopher J. Anthony, Hanxiang Du, and Wanli Xing. “Content Analysis of the CASEL Framework Using K–12 State SEL Standards.” School Psychology Review, 2022, 1–15.

Greater Good Science Center. “About the Project.” Accessed March 17, 2022.

Green, Crystal, and Clara García-Millán. “Spotlight: Social & Emotional Learning.” HundrED Research, 2021.

HWb-Welsh Government. “Curriculum for Wales.” Accessed March 25, 2022.

InternationalTeen Network. Mmanti Umoh, 2019.

Isturiz, Aristóbulo, Henry Renna, Ana Catalina Fernández, Koen Sevenants, Cecilia Barbieri, Jeimy Hernández,

Dominique De Jeriux, et al. “Salud mental, apoyo psicosocial y aprendizaje socioemocional: acciones comunesante el COVID-19,” 32. Venezuela, 2020.

Jaramillo, Pablo, Tatiana Forero, and Fernando Reimers. “How Learning Continued during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Global Lessons from Initiatives to Support Learners and Teachers.” (Paris: OECD, February 17, 2022),

Jaramillo, Pablo, Tatiana Forero, and Fernando Reimers. “Colombia: Alianza Educativa (AE) (Educational Alliance).” Education Continuity. Paris: OECD Publishing, 2020.

John Templeton Foundation. “Character Virtue Development - Funding for Research and Practice.” Accessed March 17, 2022.

Jones Bartoli, Alice. “TalesToolKit: Everyone Has a Story. Using Storytelling to Promote Literacy, Communication and Socio-Emotional Development in the Early Years.” Goldsmiths. University of London. Accessed March 24, 2022.

Labhya Foundation. “Innovation Hubs”

Labhya Foundation. “Our Approach: Happiness Curriculum, Delhi.”

Learning Curve Foundation. “Monitoring & Evaluation Report AY 2019-20.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

Learning Curve Life Skills Foundation. The Ready for the World Experience, 2020.

“Learning Curve Life Skills Foundation | Facebook.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

“Learning Curve Foundation (@Learning_SEL) / Twitter,” Twitter, accessed March 23, 2022, .

Legoff, Daniel, Gina Gómez de la Cuesta, GW Krauss, and Simon Cohen. LEGO-Based Therapy: How to Build Social Competence through LEGO-Based Clubs for Children with Autism and Related Conditions. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.

Make Dreams Grow Co, Role of Social and Emotional Learning on Adulthood Wellbeing/Happiness. Subbu Reimagines Education., 2020,

Marsay, Gloria, Kokou Atitsogbe, Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Henry Nsubuga, Paboussoum Pari, Enyonam Kossi, Chong Myung Park, and V. Solberg. “The Importance of Social Emotional Learning Skills in Assisting Youthto Successfully Transition into the Professional World.” African Journal of Career Development 3 (August 30, 2021).

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Holistic Supports & Enrichment: Strengthening Social Emotional Competencies, Health & Safety.” Accessed March 24, 2022. Alliance. SEL Kernels of Practice in Northeast Nigeria, 2020.

Messano, Frances, Stacey Childress, Jason Atwood, and Miho Kubagawa. “Using Expanded Measures of Student Success for School Improvement,” September 2019.HUNDRED.ORG 7 3

Ministry of Human Resource Development-Government of India, “National Education Policy 2020,” n.d.,

M. Jones, Stephanie. Kernels of SEL Practice. Accessed March 17, 2022.

M. Jones, Stephanie. “SEL Kernels: Turning Social-Emotional Learning into Components.” Harvard University, October 29, 2020.

M Jones, Stephanie, and Suzanne Bouffard. “Social and Emotional Learning in Schools From Programs to Strategies,” Sharing child and youth development knowledge, 26, no. 4 (2012): 33.

NELPRO. “Promoting SEL Skills,” August 9, 2021.

OFFICIALNELPRO. “We Need More than Stakeholders Commitment. We Need Political Will to Create Change.” Instagram, April 19, 2021.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Beyond Academic Learning: First Results from the Survey of Social and Emotional Skills, (Paris: OECD Publishing, 2021)

Oxford Business Group. “Education Reforms in Mexico to Raise Attendance and Graduation Rates,” October 18, 2019.

Play Included. “Frequently Asked Questions.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

Play Included. “Partners and Advisers.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

Preston Gelderbloem, Garth. “The Role of the Life Orientation Curriculum in the Development of Social and Emotional Skills in Learners to Curb Violence in Schools.” University of South Africe, 2014.;sequence=1.

“Research Brief: The Benefits of Using GiveThx.” Accessed March 24, 2022.

Room to Read, and NextGenEdu. Social and Emotional Skills to Read the New Normal World and Newly Defined Literacy, 2020.

Secretaría Distrital de Planeación. “Bogotá Mejor Para Todos.” Accessed March 22, 2022.

Secretaría Distrital de Educación (SED). “Emociones para la vida,” March 3, 2019.

Sevenants, Koen. “Es clave el rol de la educación para abordar las consecuencias psicológicas y psicosociales de todos los actores.” Venezuela, April 8, 2020.

Shivangi Gupta, Richa. “Social Emotional Learning Is Needed Everywhere.” The CharacterStrong Podcast. Accessed March 23, 2022.

Simmons, DN, MA Brackett, and N Adler. “Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.” RWJF, June 1, 2018.

“Social and Emotional Learning in California.” Sacramento, CA: California Department of Education, October 2018.

Taylor-Robinson, David, Margaret Whitehead, and Ben Barr. “Great Leap Backwards.” BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) 349 (December 2, 2014): g7350.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation. “New Child Poverty Data Illustrate the Powerful Impact of America’s Safety Net Programs.” The Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 20, 2021.

“The Grand Bargain (official website),” accessed March 17, 2022,

“The National Strategies 1997-2011: A Brief Summary of the Impact and Effectiveness of the National Strategies.”

The National Strategies, 2011.

“The Need for Social-Emotional Learning in South Africa.”

“UNESCO MGIEP | LinkedIn.” Accessed March 23, 2022.

UNESCO Office Santiago and Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Economic Comission for Latin America and the Caribbean. “La Educación En Tiempos de La Pandemia de COVID-19.” Santiago, Chile, August 2020.

Wang, Han-I., Barry Debenham Wright, Matthew Bursnall, Cindy Cooper, Ellen Kingsley, Ann Le Couteur, Dawn Teare, et al. “Cost-Utility Analysis of LEGO Based Therapy for School Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial.” BMJ Open 12, no. 1 (January 1, 2022): e056347.

Webinarios Cluster Educación Venezuela. Salud Mental y Apoyo Psicosocial (SMASS): Acciones Comunes Ante El COVID-19, Venezuela, 2020. BC. “Kernels of SEL Practice - Well Being BC.” Accessed March 24, 2022.

Publication Date
May 10, 2022
Green, Crystal, and Clara García-Millán.
Cite this
Green, Crystal, and Clara García-Millán. Policy Report: Social & Emotional Learning. Helsinki: HundrED, 2022.
save_alt Download PDF
content_copy Copy PDF link
All HundrED Reports

HundrED Reports

Dive into our research reports to find evidence-based solutions to global challenges.

HundrED Research

How do we evaluate the impact and scalability of education innovations? Learn more about our research methods.