Attention: Monte Alto ECHS Parents/ Guardians We would also like to invite elementary and junior high parents. Building a Foundation of Success Social-emotional learning (SEL) helps improve kids’ academic performance, reduce dropout rates, and build character. SEL programs positively affect students’ success in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills such as problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviors like bullying, and create positive classroom climates. Social-emotional skills also help kids successfully manage everyday life. They help students focus, make good decisions, and become supportive members of their community well beyond school.