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Social and Emotional Learning: Integral Components of a Quality Education
posted by: Ruthie | August 29, 2013, 09:52 PM   

Recently, a Phi Delta Kappa survey revealed 59% of Americans would expand mental health services in schools, whereas only 33% would opt for hiring more security guards.  In light of recent high-profile school shootings and fiscal realities facing districts, the ability to foster social and emotional learning is more critical than ever.

Edutopia blogger, partially-retired college professor, mother and wife, Laura Morgan, Ed. D. has been examining the importance of emotional-social learning for students. After several killings in her neighborhood, Morgan searched for answers on how to change her neighborhood.

“In an ideal world, social-emotional learning would be part of every school curriculum in the nation,” writes Morgan. “In the quest to stop the killings in our community, my neighbors and I started a movement to have social-emotional learning whole-heartedly implemented in our local schools.”

Morgan found the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emtional Learning (CASEL), a network to help schools holistically approach student development, integrating social and emotional learning into all aspects of the classroom. In order to “establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education,” CASEL works to advance the science of social and emotional learning, expand integrated, evidence-based social and emotional learning SEL practice, and strengthen the field and impact of SEL.

“We believe that if children are taught sound decision-making, relationship-building, conflict management and other valuable life skills from pre-school through 12th grade, more of them will choose to go to college or enter the workforce instead of joining gangs and participating in negative activity that will only land them in jail before they begin their lives,” explained Morgan.

Similar to social and emotional learning, AAE firmly believes in the importance of character education. Our AAE Code of Ethics for Educators calls teachers to excellence, therefore, empowering them to be role models for their students, and colleagues. AAE’s website also provides teachers with a plethora of resources on character education.

How do you ensure students are emotionally developing in your class?
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