SEL: The history of a research-practice partnership

Lawrence Aber, Joshua Brown, Stephanie Jones, and Tom Roderick describe a commitment to social and emotional learning research that has spanned almost two decades

THIS ARTICLE TELLS THE STORY of a long collaboration in the service of developing, testing quasi-experimentally, revising, testing experimentally, and now scaling efforts to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic learning in schools. The collaborators are (1) an education reform organization in New York City – Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, led by Tom Roderick; (2) university-based researchers at New York University – Larry Aber, Joshua Brown (now at Fordham University), and Stephanie Jones (now at Harvard University); and (3) New York City schools, teachers, and students.

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February 2010