The NoVo Foundation, a longtime funder in the social and emotional learning (SEL) field, believes that instilling children with social and emotional skills is fundamental to building a more just, balanced and equitable world. SEL is the process of developing skills for life success within supportive, participatory learning environments. Attained through both curricula and instructional practices, SEL skills include:
- recognizing and managing emotions;
- developing caring and concern for others;
- establishing positive relationships; and
- making responsible decisions.
As NoVo deepens its SEL work, it is putting new learning into action. For example, the foundation is launching the SEL Innovation Fund, which recently provided $1 million in grants to teachers and school districts to support SEL implementation across the country. Teacher recipients represent 52 districts in 28 states, and district recipients hail from 22 states.