Social Emotional Learning

According to Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, and Schellinger (2011):

A key challenge for 21st-century schools involves serving culturallydiverse students with varied abilities and motivations forlearning…Unfortunately, many students lack social-emotional competenciesand become less connected to school as they progress from elementary tomiddle school to high school, and this lack of connection negativelyaffects their academic performance, behavior, and health (p. 405). 

In other words, schools have an important role to play in raisinghealthy children by fostering not only their cognitive development, butalso fostering their social and emotional development. Yet schools havelimited resources to address all of these areas and are experiencingintense pressures to enhance academic performance.

For this discussion, imagine you are a classroom teacher and your schoolhas just adopted a new social-emotional learning curriculum. Theparents of your students are concerned that this will take valuable timeaway from academic subjects and that this is something parents shouldteach at home. Your job is to write an explanation of this curriculumfor your classroom website. In this description, define whatsocial-emotional learning is and what it isn’t. Provide links forparents to find out more about it and what the research says about it. Describe how will enhance learning in othercontent areas and the benefits their children will experience.

For more information, refer to the following articles:

  • Beyond book learning: Schools teach social and emotional skills
  • Benefits of SEL
  • Office of Academics, Social Emotional Learning
  • The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions
  • Why it Matters

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