The Case for Social Emotional Learning

If you pay attention, you can see examples of people exhibiting emotional intelligence skills every day. When your boss cuts you a break for being late because he knows you’re having a rough week; when you get up an hour early every day to study after a poor performance on an exam; when your boyfriend sends you flowers for no apparent reason at all. These are all examples of people identifying, understanding and expressing human emotions in a healthy way.

It’s easy to take Emotional Intelligence for granted and think it’s just “normal” to act this way in these types of situations, but the truth is, not everyone has learned Emotional Intelligence skills. Working off of over 26 years of research, the Conover Company has developed an assessment and skill enhancement program to help individuals develop the Emotional Intelligence skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, at work and throughout life.

Research-Based Effectiveness

The foundation and instructional frameworks of the Emotional Intelligence Profile are based on over 26 years of doctoral-level research. Our Personal Skills Map was based on over 50 research studies, which found significant relationships between emotional intelligence and academic achievement and success in college. What research was pointing to years ago is now becoming a reality and we’re seeing the correlations to the assessment instruments materialize in the classroom and beyond.

A recent research study conducted by Casel looked at over 270K students from kindergarten through high school, and found that students who took part in social emotional learning (SEL) programs improved their grades and their standardized test scores by 11 percentile points, compared to those who didn’t participate in SEL programs. Beyond the academic improvements, these students were also found to have better social skills and demonstrated more positive attitudes and behaviors.

Cloud-Based Convenience

Over the years, we’ve found ways to adapt our program so that it’s still just as relevant and useful as it was from the start. Our Success Profiler was built off of the original Personal Skills Map and allows for personalized learning for each individual. It consists of 16 core assessments, and skill-building units are assigned to each learner based on their assessment results. The extensive research is what enables the Success Profiler to accurately assess each learner and point them in the right direction.

We have recently converted our Success Profiler to a cloud-based program that can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection. Not only is this format more convenient for the learner and the instructor, but it’s more affordable! Instead of having to purchase the entire program up front, units can be purchased on a per-credit basis, so you only have to buy what you need at that moment.

Our social emotional intelligence program boasts over 2 million administrations and over 50 doctoral level reports backing it. Most programs would be proud to have 30K administrations. Not only do we now know that social emotional intelligence is vital to achieving academic success, but we know that our Success Profiler is the best program to teach these important skills.

By | 2017-04-30T16:18:28+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|Education, Emotional Intelligence|2 Comments

About the Author:

Terry Schmitz is the founder and owner of The Conover Company. Terry has been involved in the development of assessments for both education and corporations for over 30 years. He has developed hundreds of job-specific assessment systems that link to skill building systems.


  1. Bonnie Murphy October 5, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    This sounds very intriquing but after reading the post and watching video it still hasn’t clearly defined your product enough to visually show me what it does and why it is a value add. Take this for what it is worth, but I am in marketing and understand what your company does very well, I think this product is probably amazing and really good for a client of mine but I couldn’t suggest it as a possibility for them to further research based on information provided. Just feedback letting you know that potential consumers only have 3-5 minute attention spans and may want to adjust a bit and add little more to grab them because if this does what other products I have purchased for own personal needs of my child on Autism Spectrum or ones suggested to clients – think it is what they need but cannot tell from info provided.

    No disrespect, trying to help, one of your biggest Conover fans, but better you hear it from me than someone not telling you.

    Love you Conover Company as always. Bonnie Murphy – Owner of 8 Conover products personally and recommended to clients 22 times past 18 months.

    • Terry Schmitz October 10, 2012 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Hello Bonnie,

      First of all, thank you for sharing your feedback with us…we are always appreciative of people who take the time to share their insights.

      I’d like to first clarify that this post was meant to highlight the extensive research backing our Success Profiler program. School districts, especially, require that budget dollars are spent on programs that are research-based, so this was our way of showing that our programs are leading the industry in research-based effectiveness. We have written other blog posts that go into more detail about the benefits of helping individuals develop social emotional skills. Since this program is particularly complex, we do offer one-on-one webinars where we go into great detail about the specifics of the programs and the benefits they provide.

      Hopefully this helps to explain the logic behind this post and points you in the right direction for more information about our programs. We truly appreciate your honesty and your patronage & loyalty to The Conover Company.

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