SMAART focuses on how social relationships in learning settings can improve well-being in New Mexico and throughout the world. SMAART focuses on students with special needs, ethnically and culturally diverse learners, and children and youth that are often underrepresented in society. We believe that finding what works best in schools is a pathway to transform the social acceptance, social well-being, and academic self-empowerment of all children and young people.

SMAART affirms that educational success and social well-being happens with all students in all contexts. This happens when working with youth, teachers, school leaders, and community members to understand how peer relationships in learning spaces enable all learners to emotionally thrive, academically succeed, and feel valued. Through research and education, we can enhance all students’ learning and improve social well-being.