“I have no doubt that the survival of the human race depends at least as much on the cultivation of social & emotional intelligence as it does on the development of technical knowledge & skills.”
— Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford Graduate School of Education)
The question of how students learn and develop has been at the forefront of national discourse for decades. From standardized testing to STEM, educators, administrators, parents, politicians, consultants, and researchers have long debated what it takes to support students’ growth and academic achievement.
These findings — in conjunction with major reports issued by organizations such as Boston Consulting Group, The World Economic Forum, and The Aspen Institute — have sparked a movement, leading to a heightened importance placed on the integration of social and emotional learning into early childhood curriculums, to the point at which federal legislation has been passed in many states to create K-12 standards in SEL and increase funding for such programs. Momentum is building across the country for schools and communities to empower individuals to develop the social, emotional, and acadmic skills that are necessary for success in school and in life.
Inside SEL was launched in August of 2018 as a platform to explore the growing conversation around social-emotional learning and to share information, inspiration, and news from the world of SEL. Our goal is for this platform (along with our monthly SEL in 5 newsletter) to serve as a megaphone; to amplify the great work already being done by leaders across the country; to widely share the latest insights and resources. By providing a central location for sharing news and updates, we hope that Inside SEL will help to initiate more meaningful conversations about how to enhance learning for all students.
Thank you for joining us on this journey, and please don’t hesitate to share your feedback, ideas, or questions.