Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards (2017)

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Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College- and Career-Readiness Standards

Authors: Hillary Johnson and Ross Wiener

The Aspen Institute | Education & Society Program

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The goal of this primer is to help education leaders understand the mutually reinforcing relationship between social and emotional development (SED) and ambitious academic goals. We argue that instruction that promotes students’ SED facilitates better student outcomes on college- and career-ready (CCR) standards. The converse is also true: Learning opportunities structured to genuinely meet rigorous standards support the development of students’ social and emotional skills. To promote deeper learning, educators need to make the most of this interconnected relationship, and to approach SED not as an add-on or discrete intervention, but as an integral part of the academic program. This primer provides an overview of the issues and a summary of key points, guided by the following questions: ● What is SED and what does research say about why it matters for student success? ● How are SED and CCR standards inextricably linked? ● What are the implications for educational leaders as they prepare to integrate CCR standards and SED in practice?


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