Summary: This article talks about the importance of SEL skills in helping students develop a balanced approach to achievement. It moves away from “No Child Left Behind” and the focus on standardized tests to skills such as self-awareness, social connections, confidence and perseverance.
Source: Katie Brackenridge, Youth Today, July 12, 2017
The drive for schools to embrace SEL is coming from a variety of national movements. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to define “nonacademic” indicators, giving examples like student engagement, school culture and climate, and staff engagement. This won’t feel different for many districts that have already noted the symbiotic relationship between SEL and Common Core-style teaching, both of which require and support collaboration, communication and critical thinking. The shift is also driven by an extensive body of research showing that a foundational set of skills, beyond those traditionally identified as academic, are needed for students to really be prepared for the demands of higher education and the workplace….
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