Development of a Measure of Equity-Based Social Emotional Learning Practices


Oct 01, 2021


Aug 31, 2023
Funding Agency
Spencer Foundation

Dr. Deborah Rivas-Drake (PI) and Dr. Gina McGovern (co-PI) will engage in a study to further develop, refine, and disseminate a measure of transformative social and emotional learning (SEL).


Transformative SEL refers to the integration of an explicit equity and social justice lens into the conceptualization and implementation of SEL. As Jagers, Rivas-Drake, and Williams (2019) explain, it is an approach to SEL aimed at interrupting the reproduction of inequitable educational environments by attending to identity, power, discrimination, and social justice.

Based on this theory, experience with practitioner professional learning communities, and a recently completed research-practice partnership that includes a mixed-method study of SEL, ethnic-racial assets, and emerging civic development in early adolescence, the project team has begun developing a measure to assess SEL practices that are aligned with transformative SEL principles. This new measure can thus be used to promote rather than hinder racially equitable learning environments.

Goals of this project will be to

  1. iteratively develop a reliable, ecologically valid, and psychometrically sound measure of racial equity-oriented SEL practices and
  2. field test the measure in large districts that serve racially marginalized youth.

Primary Investigator(s)

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity, Marsal Family School of Education; Stephanie J. Rowley Collegiate Professor; Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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