At Made to Be Me our programs are grounded in research and we implement best practices based on longitudinal evidence across all of our programs.





Seminal Studies and Social-Emotional Learning
Outcomes and Benefits



Meta-Analysis of SEL Finds Positive Lasting Impacts on K-12 Students

Taylor, R.D., Oberle, E., Durlak, J.A. and Weissberg, R.P. (2017), Promoting Positive Youth Development Through School-Based Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Follow-Up Effects. Child Dev, 88: 1156-1171. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12864


SEL Yields Significant Schoolwide Gains;
Improved Behavior, Attitudes, Social-Emotional Skills, and Academic Performace Demonstrating an 11-Percentile Point Academic Gain

Durlak, J.A., Weissberg, R.P., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D. and Schellinger, K.B. (2011), The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions. Child Development, 82: 405-432. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01564.x


SEL Programs See a Return of $11 to $1 on Investment

Belfield, C., Bowden, A., Klapp, A., Levin, H., Shand, R., & Zander, S. (2015). The Economic Value of Social and Emotional Learning. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 6(3), 508-544. doi:10.1017/bca.2015.55 https://doi.org/10.1017/bca.2015.55 


Key Role of SEL in Bully Prevention

Brian H. Smith & Sabina Low (2013) The Role of Social-Emotional Learning In Bullying Prevention Efforts, Theory Into Practice, 52:4, 280-287, DOI: 10.1080/00405841.2013.829731

SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

Schlund, J., Jagers, R. J., Schlinger, M. (2020). Emerging insights: Advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Lever for Equity and Excellence. CASEL. https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CASEL-Equity-Insights-Report.pdf

Culturally Responsive SEL as a Lens for Equity 

Jagers, R. J., Rivas-Drake, D., & Borowski, T. (2018). Toward Transformative Social and Emotional Learning: Using an Equity Lens. American Institutes for Research. https://measuringsel.casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Framework_EquitySummary-.pdf