Op-Ed: The value of social and emotional learning
Published 11:52 am EST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
National polling shows that nine out of 10 teachers believe that social and emotional learning is key to student success in school and life. It’s a concept that we’ve seen educators statewide embrace through their educational approach, and that we’ve seen proven true by student outcomes in our own classrooms as well as others across Connecticut. Now a new report shows that the evidence base confirms what teachers know and understand so well from their front-line experience.
Released by the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, or SEAD Commission, the report, “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope,” synthesizes a growing body of evidence supporting the essentiality of social and emotional learning. Decades of research in psychology, education and brain science are compiled with findings from two years of conversations conducted across the country with students, parents, educators, community leaders and other experts. The strong consensus both in the research and on the ground is that a whole-child approach to learning, one that encompasses its social, emotional and cognitive dimensions, is fundamental to student success in the classroom and beyond.
Read the rest of the story at Greenwich Time.