Research in SEL

Free Digital Guide Provides Practical SEL Implementation Tools for School Leaders

Summary:  This article introduces CASEL’s Digital Guide to Schoolwide SEL which provides an interactive planner, step-by-step guidance, field-tested tools and continuous improvement processes to help educators implement SEL practices systemically. Source:  Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, February 5, 2019 Description:  “While CASEL’s schoolwide implementation process was developed more than a decade ago, the newest guide was created over the past …

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Understanding a Teacher’s Long-Term Impact

Summary:  This article reports on research that shows teachers who help students develop non-cognitive skills like motivation, adaptability, and self-regulation have a greater long-term effect on their students than do those who focus on raising standardized test scores. Source:  Youki  Terada, Edutopia, February 4, 2019 Description:  “Good teachers may affect students much more broadly than through their …

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Are Educators Using SEL to Empower or to Manipulate?

Summary:  This article provides a counterpoint to the Aspen Institute Report that sees SEL as a tool to increase student academic achievement.  The authors posit that teaching SEL skills is really about promoting student mental health and well-being. Source:  Dr. Henry G. Brzycki and Elaine J. Brizycki, eSchool News, February 18, 2019 Description:  “Our 30 years of experience …

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Survey Shows SEL is Critical for K-12 English Learners

Summary:  According to the English Learners Report from McGraw Hill, teachers feel that social-emotional skills are necessary in order for English learners to realize their potential. Source: Laura Ascione, eSchool News, March 1, 2019 Description: Seventy-five percent of surveyed teachers and 85 percent of surveyed administrators say they are optimistic that K-12 English learners can achieve academic success….The …

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Addressing Criticisms of Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Summary:  In this article a trio of writers address criticisms leveled against SEL in the classroom.  Three concerns that are addressed are instructional time, SEL should be taught by parents, and does SEL promote group-think? Source:  Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith, Education Week, February 10, 2019 Description:  “As teachers, we recognize the value of attending …

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Talking SEL Integration with Dr. Tara Laughlin

Summary:  This article describes an online course that is designed to help teachers integrate SEL into subject content and classroom instruction.  Dr. Laughlin is a contributor to our blog series and Director of Curriculum and Education training at PAIRIN. Source:  Dr. Tara Laughlin, PAIRIN, February 14, 2018 Description:  “This course is designed for K-12 educators interested in …

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Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model – Boston Public Schools

Summary:  This is the annual report for 2017-18 from the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model of the Boston Public Schools.  At the student level, decreases in risk levels were observed, particularly for the most at-risk students. Likewise, increases in positive behaviors were observed, with the largest growth demonstrated by the most at-risk students. Source:  Andria Amador, Boston Public …

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SEL Is Easy to Love, Which Should Make Us Nervous

Summary: This article offers and opinion on the importance of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning and the possible pitfalls that this movement toward SEL could face despite how important these skills seem to be intuitively. Source:  Rick Hess, Education Week, January 21, 2019 Description:  “Last week, the Aspen Institute released the handiwork of its big national …

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Whole Child Education: The Era of False Choices Needs to End

Summary:  This article comments on implications from the Aspen Institute Report and the importance of a balanced view of student achievement and success.  The article also focuses on “the need for schools and communities to embrace children as individuals and future citizens, and ensure that they don’t feel like test-taking cogs in a bureaucratic enterprise.” …

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“From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope? – the Aspen Report

Summary:  This article provides a link to the Aspen Report consisting of recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.  You can download the report itself and view a video of the original livestream from the January 15 release of the report Source:  National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, January 15, …

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