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Welcome to the UIC Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research Group website. Directed by Dr. Roger P. Weissberg, UIC and LAS Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Education, and NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning, the group focuses on school, family, and community approaches to enhance students’ social, emotional, and academic learning. Our projects advance social and emotional learning (SEL) research, school practice, educator preparation and state/federal policy development

The SEL Research group supports the work of early- and mid-career scholars and convenes educators and researchers around topics of importance to SEL. Our goal is to foster research on SEL and provide national and worldwide leadership to the SEL field. We have outstanding collaborators including UIC faculty, students, and research staff, as well as partners from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and from around the world.

In addition to support from UIC, the SEL Research Group has received funding from the Buena Vista Foundation, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the 1440 Foundation, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, the Fetzer Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kirlin Charitable Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and the Rauner Family Foundation.

The SEL Research Group has a staff of researchers and scholars based on the UIC campus. In addition, as knowledge about social and emotional learning grows worldwide, the Research Group has attracted visiting scholars from many countries who come to UIC to enhance their SEL research and professional expertise.