Social and Emotional Learning


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    Teacher and Principal Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning

    May 30, 2019

    In recent years, the availability of resources to address the concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) has expanded in U.S. schools. What are educators' opinions of SEL? And what SEL-related programs, practices, and assessments are they implementing?

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    Learning from School Leaders About SEL During a Time of Crisis

    Sep 4, 2020

    It would be easy for social and emotional learning to fall by the wayside as school leaders work to address students' health, safety, and learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers and funders should take seriously the perspectives and concerns that school leaders have shared.

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    Measuring Hard-to-Measure Student Competencies

    Interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies such as communication and resilience are important predictors of success and civic engagement after high school. They're also difficult to measure. Practical, high-quality measures could help educators and policymakers improve outcomes for students.

    Nov 3, 2014

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    Measuring 21st Century Competencies: Guidance for Educators

    How do teachers assess things like creativity and collaboration, or cross-cultural skills? Our new report, Measuring 21st Century Competencies, focuses on just that question. The report grew out of the Global Cities Education Network, which is comprised of urban school systems working together on overcoming common education challenges. The participating cities are Denver, Hong Kong, Houston, Lexington, Melbourne, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Toronto.

    Nov 1, 2013

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    Improving Accountability Through Expanded Measures of Performance

    Examines the influence of test-based accountability and explores how states and districts might consider creating expanded systems of measures to address the shortcomings of traditional accountability.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    What Role Can Schools Play in Addressing Student Mental Health?

    Student mental health programs can improve staff, faculty, and student knowledge of mental health problems, provide skills for identifying and referring students in need, and change attitudes toward mental health problems.

    Dec 27, 2012

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    Congress Should Expand School Performance Measures Beyond Those Found in 'No Child Left Behind'

    Expanding measures of school performance beyond mathematics and English language arts will give educators better information when evaluating the academic achievements of schools.

    Apr 26, 2011

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    Early Childhood Intervention Programs Save Money, Benefit Children

    Well-designed programs for disadvantaged children return more to society in benefits than they cost by enabling youngsters to lead more successful lives and be less dependent on future government assistance. Savings can range from $1.26 to $17 for each $1 spent on the programs.

    Oct 18, 2005

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    Michelle Bongard

    Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.S. in economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B.S. in economics, Loyola Marymount University; B.A. in mathematics, Loyola Marymount University

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    Elena Rosa Brown

    Research Leader
    Education M.Ed. in psychology and education, University of Cambridge; P.G.C.E. in primary, University of Cambridge; B.Sci. (Hons) in natural sciences, Durham University

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    Susannah Faxon-Mills

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in community studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A. in education policy, Stanford University

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    Laura S. Hamilton

    Senior Behavioral Scientist, Distinguished Chair in Learning and Assessment, Director, Center for Social and Emotional Learning Research
    Education Ph.D. in educational psychology, M.S. in statistics, Stanford University; M.S. in psychology in education, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in music education, Duquesne University

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    Lisa H. Jaycox

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Director, RAND-Initiated Research
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in biology/psychobiology, Brown University

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    Ivy Todd

    Research Assistant
    Education B.S. in biochemistry, St. Mary's College of Maryland

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    Katie Tosh

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.H. in public health, Tulane University; B.A. in environmental studies, University of North Carolina; B.A. in Spanish, University of North Carolina; Certificate in nonprofit management and leadership, Tufts University

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    Stephani L. Wrabel

    Associate Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in urban education policy, University of Southern California; M.Ed. in student personnel in higher education, University of Florida; B.A. in psychology, Boston University

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    Rebecca Ann Lawrence

    Research Assistant
    Education BA in brain & cognitive sciences, public health, University of Rochester

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    Jennifer T. Leschitz

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in psychology (developmental), University of Florida

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    Sophie Meyers

    Research Assistant
    Education B.A. in mathematics, Bowdoin College

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    Heather L. Schwartz

    Director, Pre-K to 12 Educational Systems Program; Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in education policy, Columbia University; B.A. in English, Swarthmore College

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    Lisa Sontag-Padilla

    Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in developmental psychology, University of Florida; B.S. in psychology, Tulane University

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    Elizabeth D. Steiner

    Associate Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S.P.P.M. in public policy administration and analysis, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in psychology, Vassar College