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    California Could Develop Guidance to Reopen Youth Sports

    Jul 22, 2020

    There is growing evidence that long-term isolation from school closures has negative impacts on kids' physical and mental health and social development, with impacts potentially lasting for years. Youth sports can help to offset many of these negative impacts. California public health officials could prioritize the development of guidelines that would allow youth sports to reopen safely.

  • Hospitals' Critical Care Capacity, Unemployment Insurance, Farmworkers: RAND Weekly Recap

    Apr 10, 2020

    This weekly recap focuses on how hospitals can increase critical care capacity, reforming the U.S. unemployment system, supporting farmworkers, and more.

  • Chrissy Brackett and grandson Caidence Miller learn to navigate an online learning system at her home in Woodinville, Washington, March 11, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

    Schools Pivot Online in Wake of COVID-19: Q&A with RAND Experts

    Apr 2, 2020

    Nearly all school-age children in the United States are no longer in the classroom as districts shut down to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. RAND education researchers discuss how this situation might exacerbate educational inequities, how districts and teachers are innovating and what they need, and what parents can do.

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    Online Doesn't Have to Mean Impersonal

    Apr 2, 2020

    Children's needs extend beyond the purely academic. It is important that their social and emotional well-being is supported as instruction moves online during the COVID-19 pandemic. A whole-child view of what students need could benefit them now more than ever.

  • The Syria Withdrawal, Climate Policy, Drones: RAND Weekly Recap

    Oct 25, 2019

    This weekly recap focuses on the effects of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, one expert's take on climate policy, how drones could help get blood to soldiers who need it, and more.

  • Teacher helps students resolve conflict, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Restorative Justice Isn't a Panacea, but It Can Promote Better Relationships Among Students

    Oct 21, 2019

    Restorative practices aren't necessarily a cure-all. But if implemented well, they can contribute to an overall solution. Teaching children to treat one another with respect has the potential to make schools safer and to help kids get along better throughout their lives.

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    Back to School Means Back to SEL for America's Teachers and Principals

    Sep 4, 2019

    Schools are increasingly adopting programs and practices to build social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. Policymakers can benefit from understanding the educator perspective: how they feel about SEL, what they're doing to promote it, and what resources they need.

  • Theresa May, Emotional Learning, Teachers: RAND Weekly Recap

    May 31, 2019

    This weekly recap focuses on Theresa May's resignation, social and emotional learning, the value of a good teacher, and more.

  • Students and a counselor sit in a circle, photo by Steve Debenport/Getty Images

    What Two New Studies Reveal About Restorative Justice in Middle School

    Apr 17, 2019

    There are many nuances to the implementation and impact of restorative practices. This suggests that continued experimentation could allow school districts to realize the benefits of instituting these practices and reduce the cost of doing so.

  • Cryptocurrency, Russian Social Media, Congestion Pricing: RAND Weekly Recap

    Mar 29, 2019

    This weekly recap focuses on cryptocurrencies, Russian social media influence, congestion pricing, and more.

  • Students building something together with tiles, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    How Do You Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

    Mar 28, 2019

    As the desire to improve SEL for all students grows, it is increasingly important to measure its effectiveness. But the field has lacked an organized method of identifying, choosing, and using the best assessments to measure students' competencies. Two newly developed tools can help.

  • School children stretching up at lesson, photo by mediaphotos/Getty Images

    Measuring Social-Emotional Skills, Carefully

    Feb 28, 2019

    In the often-fraught debate over education policy, there is growing agreement that educators should pay close attention to the development of the social and emotional skills that allow students to persevere when working on difficult tasks, regulate emotions, and work effectively in teams. But measuring such skills remains a significant challenge.

  • Students sitting and talking in a school corridor, photo by Don Mason/Getty Images

    Choosing the Right Social and Emotional Learning Programs and Practices

    Feb 5, 2019

    Educators have become increasingly interested in supporting students to cultivate the inter- and intra-personal skills that are developed through the process of social and emotional learning. A new guide developed at RAND is meant to help educators adopt evidenced-based interventions that fit the needs of their students and communities.

  • Federal Workers, Afghanistan, Sectarianism: RAND Weekly Recap

    Jan 18, 2019

    This weekly recap focuses on the critical roles of federal workers, withdrawing from Afghanistan, countering sectarianism in the Middle East, and more.

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    Finding the Right Assessment Tool: Another Resource for Educators and Researchers

    Nov 7, 2018

    To teach something effectively, educators need to determine whether their instructional approaches are working, and make adjustments to those approaches as needed. The Assessment Work Group and RAND have developed tools to assist educators in finding and using assessments to measure social and emotional learning and higher-order cognitive competencies.

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    Social and Emotional Learning Prepares Students for Life

    Aug 27, 2018

    The goal of social and emotional learning is to give students the skills they need to work in teams, communicate their ideas, and manage their emotions. Research can help educators determine which programs work and which ones qualify for federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

  • Teacher leading a conflict resolution session with school children

    Learning How to Measure Social and Emotional Learning

    Jan 11, 2018

    Educators and policymakers are increasingly focusing on non-academic competencies, known as social and emotional learning. To support growth in these areas, teachers need assessments that can help them understand how well students are learning these skills, and what instructional approaches work best.

  • A group of young school children stretching their arms out above their heads

    Building Support for Social and Emotional Learning: Having an Evidence Base Is Critical

    Dec 14, 2017

    Students need more than proficiency in reading or math. Perseverance, active listening, empathy and good decision-making help kids succeed both academically and in life. Schools need access to high-quality social and emotional learning assessment measures to ensure programs will improve student learning and their futures.