Report: More States See Need for Adult SEL Initiatives

Summary:  This article reports on a new white paper from the National Association of State Boards of Education advocating initiatives focusing on SEL skills for adults.  this article also cites the recent Aspen Institute study which says that students learn better when their teachers and other influential adults model good SEL skills.

Source:  Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, January 28, 2019

Description:  “Several states have already launched “adult SEL” efforts, such as Washington’s Compassionate Schools initiative, which prioritizes educator training on equity, cultural relevance and trauma-induced stress. Illinois emphasizes SEL through its principal preparation, leadership coaching, and mentoring models. California state guidelines “encourage school leaders to build SEL capacity for adults through an intentional focus on relationship-centered learning environments,” and the Massachusetts Trauma Sensitive Schools program “advocates for a ‘whole-school’ approach and views teachers’ well-being as fundamental to a school’s success.””


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