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Learning Social And Emotional Skills Can Improve Student Academic, Behavioral Outcomes

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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?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, January 13.

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