This Month in SEL [September 2019]
A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights.
|Sep 30, 2019|
This month in SEL: CASEL publishes a new report on the state of SEL assessments, a new book — with SEL at its core — is published by the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Rennie Center and Transforming Education team-up to support a community convening to advance young people’s social, emotional, and cognitive development… and more!
New CASEL Report on The State of SEL Competence Assessments
What are the trends in assessing social and emotional learning and what is the field’s vision for the future? Developed by a group of scholars, test developers, and educators focused on supporting high-quality SEL competence assessment, this report describes the accelerating growth and demand for SEL assessments and envisions the conditions for continued progress. It also offers a vision of assessment that is integrated with efforts to shape policy, link assessment to practice, continue developing high-quality assessments, and systematize professional learning.
Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Publishes New Book: “Permission to Feel”
Marc Brackett is a professor in Yale University’s Child Study Center and founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. In his 25 years as an emotion scientist, he has developed a remarkably effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding our emotions and using them wisely so that they help, rather than hinder, our success and well-being. This book combines rigor, science, passion and inspiration in equal parts. Too many children and adults are suffering; they are ashamed of their feelings and emotionally unskilled, but they don’t have to be. Marc Brackett’s life mission is to reverse this course, and this book can show you how.
How Districts Are Overcoming Common Challenges
This brief from CASEL discusses how districts are “making the shift to a systemic approach to SEL” and includes recommendations for addressing common obstacles that prevent systemic social-emotional learning from being implemented in schools. These challenges include intiative fatigue, strengthening adult SEL, and establishing a common understanding of how SEL serves all students.
The Rennie Center & Transforming Education Win $30K Grant from America’s Promise Alliance
The Rennie Center and Transforming Education have won a $30,000 grant from America’s Promise Alliance, a national organization, to support a community convening to advance young people’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. The two organizations have partnered with the Boston Public Schools to align the district’s social and emotional learning (SEL) work with its Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Practices (CLSP) Framework. They will focus on convening students and families to bring their voices into the conversation and drive these efforts forward.
“Bringing together students, families, and community members is critical to Boston Public Schools’ ongoing work to support the needs of every student. We need guidance from the community on how schools can support students’ social, emotional, and cognitive needs in ways that embrace the diverse cultures and experiences of Boston families.”
— Chad d’Entremont, Executive Director of the Rennie Center.