Many educators and parents will agree that Emotional Intelligence is important and should be implemented in schools. One of the more common barriers to entry is cost. The cost associated with a formal Emotional Intelligence program such as “My Best Me” can be challenging. So let’s break down the cost vs. benefit.
Is Emotional Intelligence a wise financial investment?
Yes! Social Emotional Learning is a solid investment. A study from Columbia University found that an Emotional Intelligence program can have an average of 1:11 return on investment. Emotional Intelligence is not only an important investment for your students BUT also a good financial investment.
Leveraging federal funds for Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence may be a good investment but finding the funds to allocate to this investment can be tricky. The main source of funds for Emotional Intelligence is the Title IV-A block grant. This grant authorizes activity in three broad areas:
- Providing students with a well rounded education (arts, STEM, computer sciences).
- Support the safety and health of students (Emotional Intelligence, drug and violence prevention, physical education).
- Supporting effective use of technology (devices to give access to technology and digital materials).
Students benefit a great deal from EI
We know that Emotional Intelligence improves self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. All of these skills help students throughout their academic journey and promote long term positive outcomes. This ultimately results in greater graduation rates.
When Hope meets Emotional Intelligence – Hope Rising Curriculum