Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Social and emotional learning is an ever growing need in our schools. Research states that students are in more need of guidance in social skills than ever before. Providing students with an SEL program that helps them develop prosocial skills and the five competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making will not only help improve the negative behavior but will also improve the classroom atmosphere, teacher and peer relationships, and academics. This thesis highlights these three social and emotional curriculums the 4R’s, Second Step, and Positive Action and examines what the research says about the impact on behavior and academics for each program. Having an SEL program in early childhood and elementary aged classrooms will lay the important foundations for all students to feel success throughout their academic career.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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