Summary: This article comes from a special issue on Social Emotional Learning from Educational Psychologist. Dr. Elias addreses a number of points related to scaling up SEL in school including the neurological basis of SEL, SEL best practices, approaches to SEL instruction, assessment, and the complex issue of SEL and equity.
Source: Maurice J. Elias (2019) What If the Doors of Every Schoolhouse Opened to Social-Emotional Learning Tomorrow: Reflections on How to Feasibly Scale Up High-Quality SEL, Educational Psychologist, 54:3, 233-245, DOI: 10.1080/00461520.2019.1636655
“All learning is social and emotional (as well as cognitive and physical, of course). It will no longer be possible to discuss educational processes, pedagogy, curriculum and instruction, prevention, academic achievement, and the culture and climate of schools without discussing social-emotional competencies. But our education system has not primarily been organized around the social and emotional aspects of learning. And like many discoveries, there is a lag between the discovery and widespread awareness and acceptance of that discovery. Just ask Galileo!”
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