Last week, Dr. Christina (Chris) Cipriano, Director of the Education Collaboratory at Yale, was awarded a Research-to-Policy Collaboration Scholar Award from the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. Dr. Cipriano earned this national recognition for her research’s engagement in national policy with expertise in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology. Her award-winning engagement includes responsiveness to Congressional requests for evidence, meeting and consulting with legislators as a non-partisan honest broker (without lobbying), and supporting follow-up collaborative activities in partnership with legislative offices.
At the Education Collaboratory, Dr. Cipriano and team published The State of Evidence for Social and Emotional Learning: A Contemporary Meta-Analysis of Universal School-Based SEL Interventions, the most comprehensive and inclusive review to date of the impact of social emotional learning on more than half a million kindergarten to 12th-grade students. The study findings now serve as the foundational science and evidence for legislative actions, investments, and allocations in SEL, and the rigorous, equity forward methodology employed now serves as the field standard for open science meta-analytic education research.
Dr. Cipriano has been invited to share these findings widely this past year, including on the Hill directly with the U.S. Congress, as the guest of the Deputy Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education and Institute of Education Sciences, for numerous SEL providers, agencies, and organizations including a featured talk at the CASEL SEL Exchange and at many prominent schools of education at universities worldwide.