Social and Emotional Competencies are skills that can be taught, just like academics or athletics. There are good, evidence-based curricula, intervention strategies, and established pedagogy to teach these skills to people of all ages. Social and emotional skills can and should be incorporated into school and out-of-school-time programs and they can and should be measured either for summative or formative assessments. They promote achievement, free up instructional/program time, and reduce behavioral concerns.
Want to learn more? Watch our recently produced webinar, “SEL: The Basics. What is Social/Emotional Learning…and why it’s so important”. Then, read this recent report from Penn State and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School: Preparation for Success”.