Social-Emotional Learning

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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

Districts nationwide are continuing to navigate pandemic recovery as students have largely returned to in-person learning, bringing with them the need for additional supports for social-emotional needs. Alongside expected learning losses, many students have experienced the trauma of losing loved ones, family financial emergencies, unstable home environments or other factors over the past 20 months.

Even before the pandemic, social-emotional learning was gaining traction in recent years as an essential means of helping students develop compassion, empathy, teamwork and other "soft" skills that will benefit them in future careers, as well as from a discipline perspective.

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new social-emotional learning trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.

Roger Riddell Editor

How 2 middle schools are prioritizing SEL for teenage students

Educators in these Minnesota and Tennessee schools have integrated SEL curriculum throughout the day — with exercises included for staff, as well.

• Published Oct. 5, 2021

Student engagement critical for academic, emotional recovery

• Published Oct. 20, 2021

Mentors help students with learning disabilities gain confidence, become self-advocates

Eye to Eye’s college mentors also have learning differences and understand the difficulty of students learning how to speak up for their needs.

• Published Oct. 22, 2021

What did OECD find in its first-ever survey on social-emotional skills?

• Published Nov. 1, 2021

Want to boost STEM, SEL engagement? Look to the stars

A North Little Rock School District teacher uses space-related hands-on projects to demonstrate how failures and frustrations lead to learning.

• Published Nov. 10, 2021

Counselors say students' SEL skills just as important as academic development

• Published Nov. 12, 2021

The growing case for social-emotional learning in classrooms

As districts nationwide prepare for reopening and in-person learning, schools are preparing additional support that students might need to re-enter classrooms. Alongside expected learning losses and knowledge gaps, many will also require extra supports for social-emotional needs to make the adjustment.

included in this trendline
  • How 2 middle schools are prioritizing SEL for teenage students
  • Student engagement critical for academic, emotional recovery
  • What did OECD find in its first-ever survey on social-emotional skills?
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