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.
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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 to Wake school survey that rates students on their emotional health
Some Wake County parents are refusing to give permission for teachers to conduct surveys that rate and track the behavioral health of their students. The Wake County school system will have teachers at around 40 schools rate their students on 34 questions, such as how often they’ve appeared angry, expressed thoughts of hurting themselves, expressed strange or bizarre thoughts, appeared depressed or engaged in risk-taking behavior.

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin school district to track students’ emotional growth
With a voice that barely rises above the squirrely excitement of her students, Andi Rubino corrals third, fourth and fifth graders into a circle on the floor in a large group space inside Lodi Elementary School. “The reason I have you in a circle today is because circles represent strength, they represent opportunities to have power and respect comes from everyone who’s a participant in this circle,” said Rubino, the school district’s psychologist and behavior specialist. 

Research and Deep Dives
The Hechinger Report: A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works
Concern about the quality of social-emotional programs is rising – but one Virginia school district sees academic success by focusing on students’ emotional well-being.



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