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New Report Connecting SEL To Standards Should Be On “Must-Read” List For Most Educators

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Most of us teachers know that Social Emotional Learning skills are critical to any kind of academic learning.

However, in the face of unrelenting academic standards, many educators might feel pressured to short-change spending classroom time on SEL skills development and instead focus on content “coverage.”

Fortunately, the short Council Of Chief State School Officers’ 2013 report, Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions:The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy provides lots of support for putting classroom time into SEL to enhance the success of learning the Common Core Standards. We talk extensively how to use them in our most recent book.

This month, The Aspen Institute has published an event more extensive document detailing the connection between various learning standards and SEL skills. It’s titled This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards and is free (thanks to Dylan Wiliam for the tip).

I don’t think SEL advocates will find anything in it they don’t already know. However, being able to point to passages from this new report and the CCSSO document will be pure gold when developing lessons and having to justify to administrators what we’re doing in the classroom.

I’m adding this info to The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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