Committee for Children Good social and emotional learning (SEL) contributes to healthy classroom and school climate. Teaching SEL can help prevent bullying in schools. SEL skills will serve them well in the workplace. Good SEL skills can contribute to academic achievement. Problem solving (an SEL skill) is applicable to almost any situation a child or adult will encounter, from personal conflict to economic crises. SEL instruction may soon be included in federal law. SEL and its accompanying communication and conflict-resolution skills can make home and family life easier. Good SEL skills can increase children’s protective factors and decrease their risk factors. Teaching SEL to our children by example can have the positive side effect of improving our own SEL skills. On a global scale, SEL can contribute to a more peaceful world.