Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, NC has identified evidence-based strategies and a reliable test of student skills and has made social-emotional learning a core priority for long-term district improvement. Their rationale was that closing the achievement gap in social-emotional skills would also close the academic achievement gap.
Source: Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education Dive, April 21, 2017Description:
David Thompson, director of student services, said the initiative first focused on elementary schools. A social-emotional learning curriculum, Second Step, creates a backbone for teaching these skills, the Mindful Schools curriculum helps students learn strategies for self-regulation, and the Compassionate Schools framework provides an understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on learning and children’s brains….Read the full article here!