This article offers some advice on talking to parents about social emotional learning. The author posits that it is easier to talk about subjects like math and that in order to successfully speak about SEL skills, teachers should paint a picture to help parents understand the terminology, to engage parents in SEL activities, and to talk about the benefits by citing research.Source:
Michelle Mullin, Ed Week, September 28, 2018Description:
"A challenge arises, however, when we turn to the social and emotional components of learning. Words like "attitude" and "emotion" often make parents uncomfortable, especially if they believe educators are making judgments about their children. Social and emotional learning, or SEL, raises questions about the boundaries between the role of parents and that of educators. This is all backed up by research - like the great work done by Learning Heroes - on the kinds of messages that resonate with parents and those that turn parents off entirely."Read the full article here!