Social and Emotional Learning

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Recent research has demonstrated the importance of helping students develop a broad range of competencies that include but are not limited to academic achievement. Educators are increasingly working to promote students' interpersonal competencies, such as collaboration and social awareness, and their intrapersonal competencies, such as emotion regulation and goal setting. The process through which these competencies are developed is often referred to as social and emotional learning (SEL). Research suggests that the development of SEL competencies while students are in school predicts a variety of later outcomes, such as participation in postsecondary education, success in the workforce, civic engagement, and personal well-being.

  • A second grade student votes during a mock election at his school in Gainesville Florida, Nov. 3, 2020, photo by Brad McClenny/Reuters

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    Want to Rebuild Public Trust? Focus on Civic Education

    Dec 8, 2020

    Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts in American public life—has led to political paralysis, the erosion of civil discourse, and widespread uncertainty. Investing in civic education could help turn the tide.

  • Students wear masks during class to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Santa Fe South High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 1, 2021, photo by Nick Oxford/Reuters

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    How Social and Emotional Learning Works in Innovative Schools

    Dec 14, 2021

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is critical for preparing students for college and career success. Opportunity by Design high schools provide a unique perspective on what implementation of integrated, schoolwide SEL can look like when it is a core design feature from school inception.

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