APA Awards Programs for Schools that Support Social-Emotional Learning By Patrick Kyllonen The American Psychological Association (APA) sponsors a couple of awards programs that recognize schools that promote social and emotional skills. APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) sponsors the Golden Psi program http://www.apa.org/about/awards/bea-golden-psi.aspx which gives an annual $1000 award to schools “that apply psychological science to promote student academic and social-emotional growth and success.” Awardees are recognized with a trophy, a press release in local media, in the Monitor on Psychology, on APA’s website, and at the Annual APA convention. The deadline is November 1, 2017. (For further information please contact Maha Khalid, firstname.lastname@example.org) The “Top 20” Badges Program awards virtual badges to PreK-12 schools that use evidence-based strategies to […]
By Hanna Melnick, Learning Policy Institute It’s an old adage that “what gets measured, matters,” or “what gets reported, gets supported.” Under No Child Left Behind, math and reading tests were what mattered – and as a result, many schools have had a laser focus on the 3Rs, at the expense of social and emotional learning (SEL). What we know about the science of learning and development indicates that this approach is not just wrong-headed, but could actually undermine students’ academic achievement. For students to learn academically, schools must also support their social and emotional development. Luckily, the tide might be turning: A new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires that states include at least one measure […]
Review and Inventory of Measures of “Soft” Skills By Laura Lippman, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI360 and Independent Consultant As the evidence base on the importance of social and emotional skills for fostering multiple positive outcomes grows, international youth development programs increasingly want to focus on developing and measuring those skills (which they tend to refer to as “soft skills” or “life skills,” as those terms are widely used by employers, international youth program funders and implementers, and youth themselves). But which skills to focus on? And how to measure them? To help these programs focus on the skills that are best bets for fostering success in the workplace, positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes, and reducing violent behavior, USAID funded […]
First in a series of blogs about international efforts to measure SEL…
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Welcome to the home site of Measuring SEL: Using Data to Inspire Practice, a collaborative effort to address and advance the effective and practical assessment of social and emotional competencies in children and youth from preschool through high school. CASEL has joined with leading researchers, educators, and policymakers from universities…
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