July 2019

Monthly Archives

  • Beyond Past Paradigms: Building a Global Ecosystem for the Future of Learning

    By: Dominic Regester and Louka Parry Never before have we had more societal data and technology at our fingertips. Yet the promise of an education that appropriately equips for the challenges and possibilities of the modern world remains too often unfulfilled. Of course, measurement has always played a role in education, but our challenge today is to move beyond narrow academic measures and mechanistic narratives and try to better measure and promote learner growth and human development. This measurement challenge has many parallels in other industries. In the management world, for example, people often repeat the mantra, “what gets measured gets managed.” This quote is often misattributed to the management guru Peter Drucker when, in fact, it was actually academic […]

  • SEL Field Notes | July 26

    This newsletter is curated by the American Institutes for Research and CASEL for the MeasuringSEL Collaborator Network and aims to keep you engaged with news, research, and resources relevant to measurement and data in the field of social and emotional learning. Please let us know what you are reading, doing and seeing in the field that’s worth sharing. Tell us about it here! Research and Deep Dives Education Week: How arts teachers are strengthening students’ social-emotional muscles Guiding students through the bold colors and statements of graffiti art. Teaching them how to blend their voices in song. Arts experiences like these can open students to new ways of thinking. But they can also offer teachers powerful opportunities to develop students’ […]

  • Assessing SEL in School-Community Partnerships

    By: Saskia Traill, Senior Vice President, ExpandED Schools ExpandED Schools helps schools and partnering after-school providers create a shared vision for working with young people. The schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) bring together their resources and expertise to give youth more opportunities to develop their talents and develop as a whole child—including socially, emotionally and academically. The result is a holistic and coherent learning day with a range of educators, including certified teachers, teaching artists, and youth development professionals. Over the past three years, with a generous grant from the New York Life Foundation, we focused on the depth and integration of SEL to reach all young people in participating middle schools along with their after-school providers. We found that a more intentional […]

  • SEL Field Notes | July 12

    This newsletter is curated by the American Institutes for Research and CASEL for the MeasuringSEL Collaborator Network and aims to keep you engaged with news, research, and resources relevant to measurement and data in the field of social and emotional learning. Please let us know what you are reading, doing and seeing in the field that’s worth sharing. Tell us about it here!   Measurement in Practice The 74: Most educators assess their students’ social-emotional learning, but few see the whole picture. Here’s what they’re missing Most educators say they’re assessing social-emotional learning in their classrooms, according to a recent analysis from the RAND Corporation of national teacher and principal survey data. But the report found that the assessments they use don’t […]

  • To Support Educators in Promoting SEL, Leverage Summer More Effectively

    by Brenda McLaughlin, Chief Impact Officer, BellXcel   Over the past 20 years, summer learning programs have gained increasing recognition as important contributors to a child’s educational journey. Since youth spend 80% of their waking hours outside of school, summer and afterschool programs provide additional touchpoints for healthy development, academic achievement, and exposure to enriching experiences. At BellXcel, we have believed in the power of summer learning for over 25 years. We partner with schools and community-based organizations across the country to ensure more young people have access to high-quality summer experiences – particularly young people living in under-resourced communities. Over time, we have carefully crafted our logic model to confirm we had the right inputs to support the success […]