Aug 27, 2017 - 02:58 PM
Research shows that children benefit tremendously when educators know how to support social-emotional learning, character development, and positive school culture and climate. Unfortunately, few educators have a fundamental understanding of these concepts and how to implement them in schools and classrooms.
In 2011, a peer-reviewed analysis of 213 programs in systematic, multi-year social-emotional learning found that K-12 students who participated in the programs demonstrated significantly improved academic performance, reflecting achievement growth of more than 11 percentile points. The study, published in Child Development, found that participating students also showed improvements in behavior and attitudes toward themselves and others, as well as a lower likelihood of emotional distress such as depression.
Teachers and principals can successfully conduct programs in social-emotional and character development, but they must also know how to create positive overall conditions in schools and classrooms that allow these programs — and the students involved in them — to thrive. The Academy’s courses prepare educators to create these positive learning environments regardless of the specific programs or curricula they employ.