Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Performance Values




In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

Summary:  In this article, Stephen Merrill interviews Angela Duckworth, author of the best-selling book “Grit”.  In this interview, Duckworth talks about the way student capabilities are measured and how standardized testing can miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on academics without looking at other skills that may be just as important,

Source:  Stephen Merrill, Edutopia, October 16, 2020



We’re Not ‘All in It Together’ – But we could be, if we rise to the moment.

Summary:  This article talks about the importance and character and civic-mindedness in dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.  The author speaks about civic character and the responsibility each of us should feel toward acting responsibly in the face of this public health crisis.

Source:  Eric Liu, The Atlantic, April 8, 2020



Growth Mindset, Effective Teachers Among Lessons from PISA

Summary:  This article reports on results from the Program for International Student Assessment showing that students having a growth mindset along with support from their teachers score higher on reading assessments.  

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, December 17, 2019



Empathy and Empowerment: HOW and WHY It Is Important To Raise an Empathic Girl

Summary:  This article about empathy and empowerment comes from an interview with Dr. Maurice Elias and focuses on the importance of empowering girls to be successful in a competitive world.  Dr. Elias suggests several tactics to help build empathy and confidence in girls as they grow and develop.

Source: Nina Teggarty, Raising Kick-Ass Heroines, October 24, 2019



How Arts Teachers Are Strengthening Students’ Social-Emotional Muscles

Summary:  This article talks about a new study that shows that arts experiences for students present prime opportunities to help students develop their social-emotional skills.  When arts teachers intentionally design experiences in music, art, drama, and dance, they can build in ways to address SEL competencies.

Source:  Catherine Gewertz, Ed Week, June 27, 2019



Mental Health Ed Informs Students of Difference Between Stress, Depression

Summary:This article underscores the importance of helping students understand the difference between stress and depression. For example, text anxiety is an example of stress and is a normal reaction whereas clinical depression is much more deep-seated and is not normal. Both students and teachers need to know the difference and how to deal with these issues

Source:Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, November 7, 2018

Categories: Mental Health, School Health, Student Behavior, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Performance Values



How to Teach Social-Emotional Skills Through Performing Arts

Summary:This is an interview with Paul Griffin of the Possibility Project in New York CIty which is an after school program designed to teach social-emotional skills through the performing arts.

Source:Dan Gilbert and Paul Griffin, Education Week, October 25, 2018

Categories: SEL Basics, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Performance Values, Student Engagement, Student-Centered Learning



What’s Missing When We Talk About Grit

Summary: This article explores the importance of relationships and connections when talking about the positive effects of grit. These connections serve as a foundation which encourages students to make the effort to succeed

Source: Luke Reynolds, Education Week, October 23, 2018

Categories: Grit, Performance Values, Relationships, Motivation, Core Values



Letting Students Fail Can Build Resilient, Confident Learners

Summary: The value of failure is discussed in this article. Rebounding from failure builds resilience and has other benefits as well, such as having students learn from their mistakes.

Source: Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, September 12, 2108

Categories: Mindset, Motivation, SEL Basics, Grit, Performance Values



Scientists to Schools: Social, Emotional Development Crucial for Learning

Summary:  This article reports on a research brief – the product of a year of work by 28 academic researchers who study issues like student motivation, school climate, and social-emotional learning. The panel, known as the council of distinguished scientists, was organized by the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, which has set out to bring together educators, scientists, policy makers, and philanthropists to clarify a vision for social-emotional learning in schools.-

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, September 13, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture/Climate, Core Values, Performance Values