Cultural Considerations in Promoting Social–Emotional Learning With K–12 Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,8
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. be knowledgeable about highly regarded, evidence-based social–emotional learning (SEL) interventions with cultural considerations.
  2. be informed of existing frameworks of cultural tailoring that adapt or modify evidence-based SEL interventions that culturally align with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students.
  3. utilize recommended practices when working with CLD students to meet their social–emotional needs.


Given the current state of youth’s social–emotional well-being, the rise of social–emotional learning (SEL) programs calls forth cultural considerations when working with diverse K–12 students. This intermediate-level paper presentation will identify efficacious SEL programs that align with cultural values and practices for diverse students. Practitioners will be informed of existing frameworks of cultural tailoring that adapt or modify SEL interventions and utilize culturally responsive SEL programs to meet the social emotional needs of diverse students.



Quennie S. Dong, Florida International University
Milagros Zavalia, Florida International University
Athena Mavrakis, Florida International University
Johanna Lopez, Florida International University


Andy V. Pham, Alyssa J. Delcampo


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