Start With Who: Teaching the Whole Student
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides state and district leaders new opportunities to cultivate positive student attitudes, values, and habits. This presents the opportunity to take a deeper look at Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and how it is intertwined with academics. Teaching students how to share ideas respectfully, have empathy for academically diverse partners, push through challenges to meet goals, and control impulses are just as important as teaching them to read fluently, multiply fractions, and write a well-constructed response. Instead of viewing social and emotional learning as tangential—something to fit in around the edges of the curriculum—we should treat it as an integral part of our daily teaching for all students.
Learning Outcomes/Next Steps
- Evaluate your current system of student support
- Examine different modalities of SEL and school implementation
- Refine/Create your plan and layout your next steps. Network and problem solve with colleagues in the field