June 2018
Latest from the Field
Webinar Today on How to Measure SEL
 
Join CASEL and the Learning Policy Institute for a webinar (4-5 p.m., ET) on ESSA, SEL, and Accountability. We will address key issues that states are grappling with as they weigh how best to measure social and emotional learning (SEL). Measures of student SEL for accountability are still in the early stages of development, but other measures are worth considering now. Questions the webinar will address include: What are the best options for assessing school climate? What tools and resources can states provide to support districts in improving school climate and SEL?
 
Register for the webinar here.

Download the brief Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning: Next Steps for States  here.
Report Documents Growing State Support for SEL

State support of social and emotional learning (SEL) continues to grow, according to a new report,  Emerging Insights from States' Efforts to Strengthen Social and Emotional Learning from CASEL's  Collaborating States Initiative  (CSI).

As of May 2018, seven states have PreK-early elementary standards for SEL, at least 12 states have articulated SEL competencies through 12th grade, an additional six states are developing guidelines, and 17 states have posted guidance related to SEL on their websites.

The report documents eight key lessons learned over the past two years through the CSI, which has been helping 25 states develop SEL policies, guidelines, and supports for school districts. The states participating in the CSI collectively educate about 30 million students.

A Major California Study Sheds Light on Social-Emotional Development Over Time

A new report focuses on a survey on SEL administered to nearly 400,000 California students in grades 4-12. It shows that students' social and emotional development does not generally progress as they move through the upper grades. Growth mindset improves, but self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness do not - and in some cases, decline. Is this bad news for proponents of SEL? Not necessarily, according to CASEL Vice President of Research Rob Jagers. "If anything, it is a strong argument to do high-quality SEL programming in middle and high school."
 
Jagers also notes that "self-reports from students are just one indicator of social and emotional growth and may reflect contextual influences on the way they view themselves." This offers good reasons for the Assessment Work Group's efforts to identify and catalyze the next generation of SEL measures
 
Report from Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Download
Free Resources on SEL-Oriented
School Improvement 

The UCLA School Mental Health Center has recently published Improving School Improvement, which provides a systematic framework for school improvement that emphasizes the importance of student motivation, personalized learning, student support services, and whole-school change. Previously the Center published Addressing Barriers to Learning: In the Classroom and Schoolwide. It includes basic principles and guidelines for addressing all students' mental health needs and creating a positive environment for learning. Both are free to all and downloadable at the Center's website, 

National Updates
News from Washington

Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have shown growing interest in SEL.  

Last month, First Lady Melania Trump announced her "Be Best" campaign, which focuses on SEL as one key element.

At the beginning of June, Secretary Betsy DeVos and Deputy Secretary Mick Zais visited a school in Hanover, Md., to look at Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs. 

Congressman Tim Ryan has introduced the Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act.
The bill authorizes a competitive grant program that would focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of dual capacity, two-generation parent engagement programs designed to increase the ability of parents to demonstrate and teach children social and emotional skills, and of teachers and school staff to work with parents to develop these skills.

Over the coming days, Congress will indicate its commitment to SEL in K-12 schools, as both the House and Senate will release their annual spending allocations for the Title IVA block grant, which funds well-rounded education, along with safe and healthy school initiatives.
This Month's Top 5 Resources
Guide to Social and Emotional Learning Competencies , Wisconsin Department of Education. More

A Data-Informed Approach to Social-Emotional Learning: Policy Recommendations for State and Local Leaders , Transforming Education. More

Video: Social-Emotional Learning Strategies, Explained in Three Minutes , Education Week. More 

The Future of Education Depends on Social and Emotional Learning: Here's Why , EdSurge. More
 
A Principal Describes 10 Ways She Made a School Happier , eSchool News. More
SEL Snapshot
National Survey: Trends in Adolescent Risk-Taking
 
Between 2007 and 2017, many risky behaviors among teens have improved, but there have been some alarming developments related to teens' mental health.  Research shows that social and emotional learning (SEL) can successfully address issues such as these. 

Featured Tool
Make SEL Part of Recruitment and Hiring

Build capacity for SEL by incorporating discussions about SEL into district hiring practices. This includes developing job interview questions that allow you to explore a candidate's experience with SEL.

View job interview questions for teachers and other staff.

View examples of job descriptions for SEL positions. 

For more resources, visit CASEL's District Resource Center.
"Through their experience with social and emotional learning, students begin to understand the meaning of the common good, appreciate the impact of their actions on those around them, and develop a sense of relatedness to and responsibility for the larger human community. It is the bridge to socially responsible citizenship."

--Sheldon Berman, Eight Lessons on Social-Emotional Learning from a Superintendent, Education Week

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