Social, emotional and academic skills are all essential to student success. Schools are increasingly incorporating social-emotional learning to provide a more comprehensive, supportive, equitable education experience.
School districts around the country are implementing programs that teach social awareness, relationship skills, self-awareness, self-management and responsible decision-making. Social-emotional learning (SEL) methods teach concepts from empathy to how to manage emotions in a healthy way.
Students with higher emotional intelligence perform better on tests and receive higher grades, according to a study from the University of Sydney. What other evidence supports the effectiveness of SEL programs?
At what age can students be introduced to SEL programs? What lessons and methods are involved? What role do teachers and parents play in cultivating students' social and emotional intelligence?
How does this approach contribute to educational equity? What other positive impacts could be derived from the social-emotional learning model?
- Bekah McNeel, correspondent for education news site The 74 Million
- Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University and author of the new book, "Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive"
- Rebekah Ozuna, teacher at the Knox Early Childhood Education Center at San Antonio ISD; former member of the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
- Melissa Schlinger, vice president of practice and programs at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, January 13.