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October 03, 2019

Many Teachers See Social-Emotional Learning As The ‘Missing Link’ In Student Success

Source: hechingerreport.org | Re-Post Fight for Life Foundation 10/3/2019 –

Our goal at Fight for Life is to introduce kids to life lessons and coach character qualities that are necessary in order to help them to sidestep or deal with the many obstacles that they will face in life. If kids have never been shown or talked to about love, respect, trust, courage, or discipline, then how will they know?

At the heart of our programs are the concepts from social and emotional learning (SEL). Our programs use SEL to help teach these concepts to kids where there is a need to fill a void in children’s lives where guidance is missing. This article from The Hechenger Report shares about how teachers are seeing the importance of social and emotional learning to a student’s success. We believe SEL is key in helping kids to succeed. Enjoy the article and give us a call if you have questions or if we can help in any way.

Marlin Jackson – Founder/President

As instructors finalize lesson plans and schools across the country head back into session, there’s been a recent and significant surge of interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula at both the federal and state levels.

With few exceptions, policymakers, educators, families and communities in many states see the benefits of social and emotional learning and are united by shared goals to promote these practices as part of a well-rounded education.

One exception: Last month, several members of the Ohio state school board opposed the board’s strategic plan to include SEL skills as one of four focus areas in schools statewide. In the end, their request to remove social-emotional skills as a focus area was voted down.

Several states are considering expanding SEL to foster a well-rounded education for all students. One of the fastest-growing SEL programs in the nation, Sanford Harmony, serves 7.7 million students in more than 140,000 classrooms.

Social-emotional learning generally refers to the processes, activities or programs designed to help individuals cultivate and advance a wide range of non-academic competencies or capabilities, often called SEL skills. School-based SEL typically takes place within classroom settings either during regular classes or after school.

SEL skills are an umbrella term, so some might believe that they cover a swath of skill-related concepts such as executive functions, self-perception, self-regulation, self-esteem, motivation, communication skills, resilience and coping strategies.

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