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New advances in measuring social-emotional learning

Core academic subjects have long been the top priority for districts preparing students for life after high school. Now districts are elevating social and emotional learning, as well, drawing from a large body of research showing that skills like grit and self-regulation are critical to life success. If they’re so valuable, the logic goes, schools […]

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OPINION: Many teachers see social-emotional learning as the ‘missing link’ in student success

As instructors finalize lesson plans and schools across the country head back into session, there’s been a recent and significant surge of interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula at both the federal and state levels. With few exceptions, policymakers, educators, families and communities in many states see the benefits of social and emotional […]

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OPINION: How do you measure social and emotional learning?

In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed. Many educators have questions, though, about how to measure social and emotional learning (SEL) topics like relationship skills and self-awareness, even when they believe such skills should be addressed. A recent, nationally representative survey revealed near-unanimous commitment to SEL among school principals. A […]

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OPINION: Ending “one size fits all” programs for social-emotional learning

Students from underserved populations do not have the same opportunities for a strong education as their more-affluent peers. This is the harsh reality that data from Stanford’s sweeping 2009-2013 study bears out. As policymakers and educators struggle with how to shift this phenomenon, social-emotional learning has emerged as a solution to the challenge of achieving […]

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Research evidence on bullying prevention at odds with what schools are doing

In September 2018, I wrote about the so-called “Trump effect” on bullying in schools, citing a study that found higher bullying rates in GOP districts after the 2016 presidential election. But that piece raised an important question: what should schools do to address and prevent bullying? The scientific evidence on what works is complicated. There’s […]

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OPINION: The best time to teach students how to cope with trauma? When there isn’t any

Imagine you must construct a building. When is the right time for you and your team to consider preparedness for natural disasters such as earthquakes? You’d want to design the building with a proper foundation to absorb shock waves and remain standing, and you’d want an emergency response plan just in case the worst were […]