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.

Description:  “There are barriers, however, that prevent many students of color and other marginalized youth from developing social and emotional competencies. For all students to benefit, SEL must be grounded in a larger context of equity and justice efforts within public education. Doing so will help to identify and dismantle barriers that prevent many students from accessing and benefitting from SEL. Importantly, these efforts should not be viewed as a corrective measure for students of color and marginalized youth, but rather as an opportunity to ensure all children experience the benefits of a quality education that includes opportunities for social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD).”

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