Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


Many students have difficulty expressing their emotions and working with others in elementary school classrooms. The focus of this capstone project is on implementing social-emotional learning in the classroom. This is important because students will learn proper ways to deal with their emotions, work with others, and have better self-awareness. An evidence-based argument is offered that students need guidance and support from their teachers to be able to create a positive space for their learning. Considerations of the issue included the perspective of two parents of elementary school students because they know the needs of their children, and a teacher at the same school because she has been working with children for a number of years. Three action options that emerged from an analysis of the data are: teacher/staff training, creating a positive learning environment, and praising students. Based on the findings, training teachers and staff on how to implement social emotional learning was undertaken to create a more positive learning environment for their students.