SEL Field Notes | April 17

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 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!


Weissberg, R. P. (2019). Promoting the social and emotional learning of millions of school children.Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14(1), 65-69.
Since 1976, Weissberg has focused professionally on answering one key question: How can schools, families, and communities work together to foster positive life opportunities and optimal development for young people? In answering that question, he has been fortunate to work with many collaborators to introduce a significant movement in education: social and emotional learning.

Brookings: The teacher diversity gap is literally inherited
Children often follow in their parents’ footsteps. For example, many children root for the same teams and like the same foods as their parents. But do they enter the same profession? Recent evidence shows that teacher shortages exist and are expected to worsen. So where do new teachers come from? Many come from existing teachers – that is, they inherit the teaching profession from their mothers.

Abrahams, L., Pancorbo, G., Primi, R., Santos, D., Kyllonen, P., John, O. P., & De Fruyt, F. (2019). Social-emotional skill assessment in children and adolescents: Advances and challenges in personality, clinical, and educational contexts.Psychological Assessment, first online.
The development and promotion of social-emotional skills in childhood and adolescence contributes to subsequent well-being and positive life outcomes. However, the assessment of these skills is associated with conceptual and methodological challenges. This review discusses how social-emotional skill measurement in youth could be improved in terms of skills’ conceptualization and classification, and in terms of assessment techniques and methodologies.


The Hechinger Report: OPINION: How do you measure social and emotional learning?
In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed. Many educators have questions, though, about how to measure social and emotional learning (SEL) topics like relationship skills and self-awareness, even when they believe such skills should be addressed. A recent, nationally representative survey revealed near-unanimous commitment to SEL among school principals.

EducationNext: What social and emotional learning needs to succeed and survive (opinion)
Social and emotional learning (SEL) has caught a sizable wave in American K-12 education. Googling the phrase will get more than 400 million hits. The case for SEL must not become an excuse to diminish attention to academic skills and knowledge or serve to deflect educators from the centrality of academic instruction. Sensibly configured, SEL should complement instruction in reading and math, as well as history, science, civics, literature, composition, and the arts.


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