Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) is a holistic approach to supporting students’ development and learning that is integral to ensuring positive outcomes in school and beyond. Schools must ensure students experience healthy development and rigorous learning. Unfortunately, students of color,
students from low-income backgrounds, and other underserved students often do not have positive learning experiences. There are six key policy issues that state leaders can implement to create equitable and safe learning environments that promote positive SEAD for all students.

This brief highlights how Louisiana is supporting students’ SEAD and areas for growth across six policy issues, as well as questions to ask district leaders about local implementation.