Dear friends and colleagues—

You can immediately help spread the good word about social and emotional learning! As you probably have already seen by now, this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine featured “Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?” a 5,000-word article on social and emotional learning by University of California, Berkeley, journalism professor Jennifer Kahn. The article is available online and currently one of the “Most-Emailed” articles on

In response to the article, we encourage you as well as teachers, principals, district administrators, parents and others in your networks to write letters to The New York Times Magazine. Some of you have already done so – thank you! We recommend letters be very short reflections or experiences with social and emotional learning, reinforcing the reasons why SEL is critical for student success in school and in life and showcasing how your students and schools and districts have benefited from adopting SEL. Thomas Feyer, the letters editor at the Times, gives additional tips for getting your letter published.

You can send a letter to the editor by e-mailing or faxing 212-556-3622. You may also mail your letter to:

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Thank you in advance for keeping the spotlight on SEL with your letters. This is a good moment for our field!


Jason Cascarinocasel2
Vice President for External Affairs
CASEL: The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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