How Has the Pandemic Affected Students’ Social-Emotional Well-Being? A Review of the Evidence to Date

Recently, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) released a report that aims to provide a definitive account of the best available evidence on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the social-emotional well-being of America’s students.  CRPE compiled hundreds of studies and convened panels of experts to interpret what the data show. Initial reports assess Read more about How Has the Pandemic Affected Students’ Social-Emotional Well-Being? A Review of the Evidence to Date[…]

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Why Teachers Should Help Students Develop Strong, Positive Identities

Writing for The 74, Patrick Cook-Deegan shares four tips for helping students develop strong, positive identities. Excerpts of the piece appear below: No matter the subject they teach, all educators share a common cause: supporting students to build agency and purpose. To accomplish this goal, they must give students the opportunity to holistically develop their Read more about Why Teachers Should Help Students Develop Strong, Positive Identities[…]

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SEL MTSS Toolkit for State & District Leaders

Multitiered systems of support (MTSS), formerly called response to intervention or RTI, recognizes that academic and behavioral functioning are intertwined. MTSS is a systemic approach designed to identify and coordinate evidence-based interventions. MTSS can include positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS). SEL programs and approaches are often seen as an important component of universal approaches Read more about SEL MTSS Toolkit for State & District Leaders[…]

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When Is the Right Time to Make Changes in Education?

Dr. Kim Fleming, President of Core Education, LLC, recently joined Jeff Ikler and Kirsten Richert on their Getting Unstuck: Educators Leading Change podcast to discuss changes that may persist in education beyond the pandemic and new innovations on the horizon.    Kim on why this conversation matters: “There is something really urgent about the moment Read more about When Is the Right Time to Make Changes in Education?[…]

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Refocus on SEL

The start of the second semester offers an opportunity to pause and assess your school or district needs—which is particularly valuable now in the face of continued challenges. CASEL has released a brief titled Refocus on the SEL Roadmap: Actions for a Successful Semester.  Adapted from CASEL’s SEL Roadmap, this brief focuses on three core Read more about Refocus on SEL[…]

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Researchers Pinpoint Three Elements of Effective Schools

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Jill Barshay recently reviewed a new index being used in Chicago to identify high schools with the best outcomes. Excerpts from the piece appear below:  Parents are often stymied by the process of picking a good school for their kids. Word-of-mouth recommendations can be misleading. High test scores provide only Read more about Researchers Pinpoint Three Elements of Effective Schools[…]

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The effects of social-emotional development on academic achievement

Olivia Piontek of the Fordham Institute recently wrote a piece reviewing the research on the effects of social-emotional development on student academic achievement. Excerpts appear below: Can attending schools that promote social-emotional development boost a student’s chance of postsecondary success? A recent study from researchers at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University suggests that Read more about The effects of social-emotional development on academic achievement[…]

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Supports for SEL in American Schools and Classrooms: Findings from the American Teacher Panel

Schools across the nation are embracing social and emotional learning (SEL) to help students build skills like setting goals, working together, and making good decisions. But what do teachers think about the SEL-related efforts in their districts and schools? How do they see these efforts affecting their students and themselves? Do they feel they are Read more about Supports for SEL in American Schools and Classrooms: Findings from the American Teacher Panel[…]

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Social, Emotional, and Academic Development through an Equity Lens

The majority of public schools and districts in the U.S. report they are working to support the social and emotional learning of students. But in too many places, the approach is to focus narrowly on changing student behavior rather than implementing practices that build relationships and create learning environments that support positive social and emotional Read more about Social, Emotional, and Academic Development through an Equity Lens[…]

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Responding to Crisis With A Tiered Support System

Eric Nentrup, writing for Getting Smart, reviews Turnaround Children’s new tiered support toolkit for educators who are supporting children and families in crisis. Excerpts of the piece appear below: Turnaround Children recently released a tiered support system action pack that takes advanced learning science and makes it accessible for educators to respond to the crises Read more about Responding to Crisis With A Tiered Support System[…]

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Adult SEL Skills: A Foundation for Building Student SEL Skills

Schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs across the United States are increasingly prioritizing and implementing practices to support children’s social and emotional development. A new report from the RAND Corporation provides early implementation lessons from six communities about how to enact social and emotional learning (SEL) in elementary schools and in OST programs. These communities Read more about Adult SEL Skills: A Foundation for Building Student SEL Skills[…]

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CASEL Announces Updated Definition of Social and Emotional Learning

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released an updated definition for the term “social and emotional learning” (SEL) to highlight the potential and urgency of leveraging SEL to promote educational equity and excellence. CASEL first introduced the term “social and emotional learning” 26 years ago, and since then has been a Read more about CASEL Announces Updated Definition of Social and Emotional Learning[…]

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October Issue Brief: Equity-Focused Social Emotional Learning

What flavor is your school’s social emotional learning (SEL) program? While early SEL programs were focused on changing student behaviors, newer equity-focused SEL approaches emphasize building relationships and creating learning environments that empower student wholeness, voice, and agency. In Core Education’s October issue brief, we explore emerging insights into how equity-focused SEL can contribute to Read more about October Issue Brief: Equity-Focused Social Emotional Learning[…]

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What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency

America’ Promise Alliance has released a new report examining young people’s perspectives on the importance of relationships, belonging and agency to their overall learning.  What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, and Agency is the newest report in the How Learning Happens research series. Based on findings from a nationally Read more about What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency[…]

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Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence

A new report from CASEL, Advancing Social and Emotional Learning as a Lever for Equity and Excellence, calls on researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to work hand in hand to further our collective understanding of how systemic SEL can contribute to more just, caring schools and communities where all individuals can thrive. As the pandemic and Read more about Emerging Insights on Advancing SEL as a Lever for Equity and Excellence[…]

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5 Things Educators Can Do Virtually to Support Students Experiencing Trauma

For many students, the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding traumatic experiences for diverse reasons, such as potential increased incidents of neglect, abuse, and isolation. At the same time, educators are limited in how they can support their students while schools are closed. REL Appalachia (REL AP) has been working with key stakeholders from the region in Read more about 5 Things Educators Can Do Virtually to Support Students Experiencing Trauma[…]

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