Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

Education Leadership & Counseling

First Advisor

Judy Williams

Academic Year



The purpose of this study was to highlight the positive academic benefits to students when they are given opportunities to increase their social emotional learning as an added layer of support to their reading intervention and instruction. The studies were done in the United States within the last twelve years in elementary and middle schools in mostly urban settings. The research supported the claim that when social emotional learning was integrated into the reading intervention curriculum, students' academic progress was enhanced as well as decreased behavior problems and referrals. Social emotional learning increases students' connection to school, peers, and the adults in their school. School connectedness is a key component to the success of students’ educational experiences. Reading intervention and social emotional support create a positive ripple effect in a students’ career and life that will go beyond their K-12 experience and into their personal and professional lives.

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