Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD)

Everything that young people experience in school—from an individual teacher’s instruction to the entire school culture—impacts their development. When students learn in welcoming and affirming environments, they feel safe emotionally and mentally, take greater academic risks, learn from their mistakes, and believe they can succeed. At its core, learning is social and emotional as well as academic. ISA supports educators as they work to address students’ social, emotional, and academic development so they can thrive.

Mathematics class at Innovation High School, where students engage in self-assessment practices across the curriculum every day.

ISA supports educators as they establish authentic relationships with their students; develop tangible practices that build students’ social, emotional, and academic skills; and implement techniques that help students reflect on their learning. Our individualized approach may include some or all of the following strategies:

SEAD strategies increase the capacity of educators to holistically support students.

ISA helps educators identify academic, social, cultural, and climate strategies and approaches that foster learning environments in which students realize their full academic potential and excel.


Our SEAD work is funded by a generous donation from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Explore our online toolkit to find SEAD-focused strategies to incorporate into your instructional practice and contact Abner Oakes, National Director of Outreach and Engagement, to learn more about how we can support your school.