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ERIC Number: ED505390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Youth and Schools Today: Why SEL Is Needed. CASEL Briefs
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (NJ1)
Society and the life experiences of children and youth changed considerably during the last century. Schools today are expected to do more than they have ever done in the past to implement effective educational approaches that promote academic success, enhance health, and prevent problem behaviors have grown significantly. Broad-based, school-wide implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programming has been found to be significantly effective in addressing the kinds of problems that are facing today's young people, their families, and their schools. Research confirms the positive effects of SEL programming on students participating in school-based SEL programs and provide the best overview of the positive effects of SEL available to date. The report advocates for planned, ongoing, systematic, and coordinated SEL instruction, beginning in preschool and continuing through high school. Learning social and emotional skills is similar to learning other academic skills in that the effect of initial learning is enhanced over time to address the increasingly complex situations children face regarding academics, social relationships, citizenship, and health. Learning these skills is best accomplished through effective classroom instruction; student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom; and broad student, parent, and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning