SEL Screening to Identify Students At-Risk in Middle School (OS235)

  • PMD: 1,4
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the value of SEL screening in their schools.
  2. explain the relationship between SEL competencies and student discipline referrals in middle school.
  3. explain the relationship between SEL competencies and student academic achievement in middle school.


Social–emotional learning (SEL) skills have been found to predict classroom behavior, academic performance, and peer relationships (Zins et al., 2004). The SEL skills of 369 seventh grade students were screened, and associations were found with absences, number of discipline referrals, and state test scores. School administrators and educators will learn about the implications for the value of SEL screening in schools, and support for the relationship between SEL and school engagement, classroom behavior, and outcomes.



Amy N. Gorniak, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Thomas Schanding Jr., University of Houston-Clear Lake

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