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

Description:  “The arts are especially powerful for SEL because creative art-making has SEL competencies like identity Arts education and SEL can prepare students to address trauma and inequity and collaboration, for example, embedded in creative processes. When students create a piece of art, their identity informs what’s expressed; similarly, when a music class creates or plays music together, collaboration (relating to others) is a foundational building block.” 

Read the Arts Ed Smart Brief here!

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