Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Socioemotional Learning and Teacher Prep

SEL is taking off in lots of school districts right now. I welcome and also wish to see how it can dovetail with the Ethnic Studies agenda.  Teacher prep is a good place to start.

How Teacher-Prep Programs Can Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

When Nancy Markowitz founded the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child nearly a decade ago, her goal was to bring social-emotional-learning skills to more classrooms. To do so, she decided to focus on the people who would have the most power to shape such learning: teachers themselves.
An increasing number of school districts are beginning to integrate social-emotional-learning practices into academics, professional development, teacher evaluations, state standards, and even accountability frameworks. Research has shown that social-emotional learning can be beneficial for students' academic performance, well-being, and overall success.
But according to Markowitz, there's a disconnect between this push and the preparation of incoming teachers. A recent report by researchers at the University of British Columbia found that while every state and the District of Columbia includes at least one core area of social-emotional learning for teachers (such as responsible decisionmaking or relationship skills) in teacher-certification requirements, many preparation programs don't teach strategies for how to understand or teach social-emotional skills.

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