Social-Emotional Learning in a Multitiered System

Sheri Olson, Brenda Coble Lindsey, Kevin Tan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter discusses not only the use and application of social-emotional learning within school social work practice but also the role school social workers play in its use. Social-emotional learning is the process of developing knowledge, attitudes, and skills that improve student self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. It is strongly associated with improved grades and test scores, attendance, and positive behaviors. This chapter describes how the National School Social-Emotional Learning Standards that can be used as a framework and highlights assessment and progress-monitoring tools appropriate for multitiered systems of supports in schools. Examples of interventions at tiers 1, 2, and 3 are presented, along with case examples that illustrate how school social workers have been successful at implementing these interventions. The chapter closes by discussing social, racial, emotional, academic, and health challenges school social workers face in its implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Art of Becoming Indispensable
Subtitle of host publicationWhat School Social Workers Need to Know in Their First Three Years of Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780197585160
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • COVID-19
  • SEL
  • assessment
  • behaviors
  • diversity
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • relationships
  • self-management
  • social-emotional learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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