This article focuses on efforts made in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada to use social-emotional skills to tackle student engagement and academic success. They are looking at engaging students in the process of assessing the effects of their efforts in the five CASEL domains of social-emotional learning.Source:
Evie Blad, Education Week, April 13, 2016Description:
A growing body of research connects skills like responsible decision-making and recognizing and responding to emotions with greater engagement in the classroom and improved academic outcomes such as higher graduation rates. But, until recently, the [Washoe] district had very few ways of measuring the effectiveness of its social-emotional learning efforts, which it launched as a result of a 2010 strategic plan. [Washoe] asked questions many educators and researchers are facing: What’s the most accurate way to determine if students are learning so-called “soft skills,” like how to empathize with their peers? And what’s the best way to respond to the resulting data?
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