Innovation Awards

Recipients and Project Descriptions

The SEL Innovation Awards for Teachers and Districts sought proposals from individual educators and teams of educators seeking to improve systems that foster social and emotional skills in fresh, inventive or innovative ways. Examples include novel interventions or instructional practices focused on improving competencies such as resilience, learning mindsets, compassion, self-management and sense of belonging. Though all proposals were welcome, the fund prioritized proposals that specifically support one or more of the following student populations:

  • Students from indigenous communities
  • New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
  • English learners
  • LGBTQI students

We received over 1,000 applications from more than 45 states. Through a competitive process, 34 districts and 90 teachers were selected to receive a grant award. We invite you to be inspired by the work of these awardees. You can explore their projects through the filters below. Click on one or any combination of filters to learn more about awardee projects that might be applicable to your own classroom, school or district.

You can also find out more about the SEL Innovation Awards for Teachers and Districts by visiting education-first.com/social-emotional-learning-innovation-fund.

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