Learning from the Field Memo
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Learning. That is what school is about, right? Regardless of our role in the education system, we all care that students learn. Worthwhile learning today, though, focuses on far more than just "reading, writing, and arithmetic." Learning that matters is understood today to include mastery of social and emotional skills in addition to academic ones.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
To date, there have been limited efforts to address SEL in many schools and school accountability systems. In our home state of Pennsylvania, for example, attendance rates are included int he multiple measures of school success. Is simply having students in school a truly valid measure of school success?
Some schools who have adopted SEL, do so in a compartmentalized way where they seem to think that standalone lessons delivered once a week with little follow through will suffice. For a school to truly embrace SEL, classroom teachers and administrators need to intentionally use examples, tools, and strategies integrated into the academic mainstream of learning. Explicit instruction focused on the social and emotional aspects of learning will result in improved academic learning and reduced suspensions and expulsions.
Whether your school or district uses a commercial program or homegrown resources, you need to take advantage of the many opportunities academic learning presents for an integrated SEL approach in your school.
Donna Spangler (Learning Forward PA Co-President)
Call to Action: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) should be Standard Practice
As more practitioners and researchers recognize the importance of addressing students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools, we can’t leave to chance the professional learning needed to make these efforts effective.
From Learning Forward's Stephanie Hirsh, The Learning Professional.
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The Wallace Foundation: SEL Implementation Guide
The Wallace Foundation created an SEL Implementation Guide to help educators navigating the social and emotional learning (SEL)terms, practices, and curriculum programs.
A research team headed by Harvard education professor Stephanie Jones provides an overview of 12 social-emotional skills and 17 common SEL instructional practices, as well as tools to evaluate curriculum needs and compare the features and methods of 25 evidence-based SEL programs.
From The Wallace Foundation
Click here for the full SEL Implementation Guide.
The Future of Education Depends on Social Emotional Learning: Here’s Why
From EdSurge by Giancarlo Brotto
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Educational Challenges & Solutions
Blog: HOW TEACHING SERVANT-LEADERSHIP IMPACTED ONE SCHOOL
There are few people in this world who will disagree with you when you ask them if we should be teaching our students how to be more kind, patient, committed or humble, but it’s not everyday that you come across a school that builds their master schedule with one teacher whose full-time job is to teach students what solid character looks like. Inglewood Middle School is doing just that and has data to support the fact that it is changing their school’s climate and culture for the better...
From John Norlin's Blog
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SEL: Creating Safe & Supportive Learning Environments
Creating a safe, supportive environment for social and emotional learning (SEL) has been, and remains, a high priority for CASEL. It is inherent in our focus on integrating SEL into all aspects of school and district practice through a systemic approach.
Look below for a brief video [1:48] by CASEL (December 11, 2018)
CASEL Resource Library and Site
CASEL offers a comprehensive collection of high-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) tools and resources to inform and support educators, researchers, policymakers, and parents who are leading this work in the field. Resources have been selected by CASEL staff, consultants, school district partners, field collaborators, and others.
Click here for the CASEL Website.
Learning Forward PA Day of Learning
Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 8:30am-3pm
Spooky Nook Sports, 75 Champ Blvd, Manheim, PA, 17545 USA
The research shows that when a school takes the time to cultivate a culture of character and develop social-emotional skills, students perform better and want to be there, and bad behavior goes down. Explicit instruction focused on the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEL) will result in improved academic learning.
The event costs $150.00 (early bird pricing right now) and the price includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and conference materials.
You can register online at our LPFA Website.
Please register soon if you would like to attend!
Who is John Norlin and what is CharacterStrong?
John is the Program Administrator for Student Leadership & Community Involvement for the Sumner School District, a Servant Leadership trainer, and motivational speaker. He was Washington Advisor of the Year and taught 5 leadership classes per semester for 10 years at Sumner High School.
John is part of the CharacterStrong Team. The CharacterStrong Team is a partnership of educators, speakers, and students who believe in creating sustainable change in schools and helping young people develop the skills of service, kindness, and empathy. CharacterStrong is an organization that provides curricula and training to help educators more effectively teach the Whole Child and create positive and safe school cultures.
Attendance at this day of learning interactive workshop will provide you with a plan, ideas, and activities to weave character, relationship-building, and SEL into what you are already doing.
We are also honored to have one of our very own board members, Dr. Chris Clayton, working closely with John at this LFPA workshop.
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On their blog, you will find inspiring and practical stories of educators implementing character development & social-emotional learning in their classrooms, CharacterStrong resources, case studies, and more.