Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Educational Equity



When Social-Emotional Learning Is Misused – What we see through an equity lens

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of viewing and implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through an equity lens.  The authors stress the importance of considering the needs of children of color and then designing social-emotional learning experiences that address the supports that these families need – particularly during remote learning.

Source:  Eve Colavito and  Kalila Hoggard, Ed Week, December 11. 2020



The Synergy of Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This Smart Brief from Arts Ed NJ and the SECD Lab at Rutgers shows how the visual and performing arts (VPA) can help students build social-emotional competencies.  Teaching in the arts can help to address trauma and inequity and provide students with an outlet for expression and a way to address societal issues.  The framework described in this Smart Brief shows how SEL can be integrated in standards for the visual and performing arts.

Source:  Arts Ed NJ and the Rutgers SECD Lab, Smart Brief, Fall 2020



Relationships, Equity Remain Essential for Curriculum to Connect in Remote Learning

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of maintaining relationships and promoting equity as school leaders cope with the challenges of the pandemic.  Remote learning has presented challenges to the equity issue on many fronts including access to technology and other socio-economic issues but also to the point of racial inequalities and culturally-responsive teaching.  On the other hand, in many places, educators have shown creative ways to maintain these connections and serve their school communities in a period of remote learning.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, October 28, 2020



CASEL Releases New Definition of SEL: What You Need to Know

Summary:  This article presents an overview of the changes that CASEL has made to their definition of SEL as well as changes to the CASEL “Wheel”.   The author looks at and explains the changes to the definition and how the wheel now represents a better view of how classrooms, schools, families and caregivers, and communities support social-emotional learning for both adults and students.

Source:  Nick Woolf, Panorama Education, October 19, 2020



Anti-Racist Teaching: What Educators Really Think

Summary:  This article presents the results of a Ed Week poll asking educators what they think about efforts to address the equity gaps in schools.  Analysis of the results looks at perceptions before the Black Lives Matter protests in the spring and perceptions as the new school year began in August.  The report also looks at perceptions of white educators as compared to black educators as to the success of teaching equity as well as other topics related to educational equity.

Source:  The Ed Week Research Center, September 25, 2020



Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Summary:  This is a research brief from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which looks at the importance of addressing the barrier of equity when helping youth develop social, emotional, and academic competencies.  The article explores barriers and opportunities associated with making sure that all students receive the benefits of social-emotional learning.

Source: Simmons, D. N., Brackett, M. A., & Adler, N. (2018) “Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development,” Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.



Getting Started With Integrating SEL Into Lessons

Summary:  This article makes the case for infusing SEL into lessons – whether they are delivered in-person or remotely.  SEL can help to mitigate the stress and anxiety that has come with the pandemic and other current struggles in our society.  This article also makes the point about the importance of SEL and equity as well as considering emotions in promoting student well-being.

Source:  Jorge Valenzuela, Edutopia, September 21, 2020



How Education Research Aims to Tackle Racism

Summary:  This article reports on three upcoming studies focusing on the issue of systemic racism in American education.  The three journals will cover different aspects of this issue including outcomes, attitudes, and environments and how students can learn to resist systemic racism.

Source:  Matt Zalaznick, District Administration, September 18, 2020



Lessons in Leadership: Principal Prioritizes Equity, Preparing Students for World Beyond West Philadelphia

Summary:  This is an interview with Richard Gordon, a high school principal in West Philadelphia, who has won many accolades for his leadership.  He comments on the importance of community partnerships and involvement in helping schools meet the needs of its students. He goes on to comment on his focus on equity and how it is preparing students for life beyond schooling.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, August 25, 2020



Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School

Summary:  This document from CASEL provides a road map with suggested steps and activities to help schools navigate their way back to school in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  There are four suggested critical practices each with a set of steps for reopening schools.

Source:  CASEL, July 2020.