November 2019

Monthly Archives

  • SEL Field Notes | November 22

    November 22, 2019 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 Gallup: Focus on student engagement for better academic outcomes With the current shift in U.S. education policies putting a priority on social-emotional learning (SEL), the importance of teachers and schools having SEL resources — proven to create positive student outcomes — is growing rapidly. As the new goals and guidelines are implemented in […]

  • Eight Key Design Principles for Direct Assessment of Student SEL

    By: Lindsay Read, University of Chicago Three years ago, members of the Assessment Work Group (AWG) began a multi-year Design Challenge effort to help inform a set of design principles for the direct assessment of student’s’ social and emotional skills. Today, the AWG releases the results of this effort – a set of eight design principles in a final brief that also captures examples that emerge from the third annual effort.  If you are interested in how to capture what social and emotional skills youth can actually demonstrate, we urge you to review the principles below (or the more extended discussion in the brief) and then let us know what you think by taking this very quick survey. Background — […]

  • A Process for Making Data Understandable, Useful, and Actionable

    By: Maria D. Guzmán-Rocha, YMCA of the USA   Ever wonder how to clearly connect the dots between the data we collect and the changes we make based on that data? As a result of stakeholder feedback, the YMCA of the USA (the national resource office for local YMCAs across the country) developed a set of resources that pull together best practices in implementation science, continuous improvement, and youth development research. These resources make up our evolving Making Meaning of Data (MMOD) process. The MMOD process ‘breaks down’ or ‘walks through’ systematically using data for continuous improvement. It is meant to make data understandable, useful, and actionable. The process of making meaning of data provides us with an opportunity to examine data […]

  • Stop and think before you act: Are you ready to assess?

    By: Jessica Newman, American Institutes for Research   I think there are a few things we can all agree on: (1) ensuring youth develop key social and emotional competencies is a fundamental part of education, (2) safe and supportive spaces are critical to those efforts, and (3) doing this work takes motivation and capacity. Cue the cheers of solidarity and consensus, right? And assessment is a useful tool that can help us understand how we are doing but here’s the thing: we so often start at the beginning of this list (#1 measure youth competencies) without first thinking about whether and how we are creating the right conditions (#2) or if we were even ready to start implementing a new […]

  • SEL Field Notes | November 1

    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!   SEL Toolbox Harvard Graduate School of Education: Explore SEL Explore SEL is designed as a navigator for the field of social and emotional learning. We provide information and tools that summarize and connect the major frameworks and skills in the field to support transparency and informed decision-making. Measurement in Practice Raleigh News & Observer: Parents object […]