The Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act (H.R. 2437)was introduced in the House of Reps this month. The act would allow public schools to fund SEL training under Title II. You can read more about it in this press release from Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert http://biggert.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=22&parentid=21§iontree=... The press release cites the following CDC recommendation, based on research which shows that students who feel connected to their schools are less likely to engage in high risk behaviors. "Six strategies that teachers, administrators, other school staff, and parents can implement to increase the extent to which students feel connected to school: 1.Create decision-making processes that facilitate student, family, and community engagement, academic achievement, and staff empowerment. 2.Provide education and opportunities to enable families to be actively involved in their children’s academic and school life. 3.Provide students with the academic, emotional, and social skills necessary to be actively engaged in school. 4.Use effective classroom management and teaching methods to foster a positive learning environment. 5.Provide professional development and support for teachers and other school staff to enable them to meet the diverse cognitive, emotional, and social needs of children and adolescents. 6.Create trusting and caring relationships that promote open communication among administrators, teachers, staff, students, families, and communities."