This graduation season, we hope every student defines “success” on their own terms. As they reflect on their journey, they may be thinking about how to maintain and build relationships. They are taking stock of where they thought they’d be and where they plan to go. Many are feeling uncertain about the future.
As caring adults, this is our opportunity to help students lean on their social and emotional skills—to cultivate relationships, communicate ideas, work through challenges, and pursue their purpose. We can support young people in making choices on behalf of their own wellness and wholeness, while encouraging them to contribute to the wellness and wholeness of others.
Let’s celebrate the big milestones ahead. But also remember to celebrate lifelong learning and the full spectrum of young people’s academic, social, and emotional strengths. So as you tune into commencement speeches this month, ask yourself:
How can SEL help us support every single student in finding their own path and preparing for the future?
Read on to learn more about how educators, policymakers, and parents can work together to support young people’s future readiness.