Today’s Bites-Sized PD for Educational Equity was inspired by:
The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
The Aspen Institute | Sheldon Berman with Sydney Chaffee & Julia Sarmiento
How to teach Social Emotional Learning?
Early on, I made the mistake of talking about social emotional learning apart from educational equity, which gave a false impression that one could be achieved without the other. As Zaretta Hammond once said, SEL and equity “are two-sides of the same coin”.
Keeping this in mind, here are my top five takeaways from “The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development”.
Top Five Takeaways for Educational Equity
- Educational inequity is evidenced by the fact that low-income students, students of color, English Language Learners, and students learning differences consistently have lower rates of high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation throughout the US (p. 7).
- Culturally responsive classroom teachers facilitate conversations about student cultures, which enhances student-teacher relationships, student-student cultural empathy, and student-content engagement (p. 8, 14).
- Integrating SEL and academics results in increased student engagement, classroom management, and conflict resolution (p.8).
- Providing teachers space and time to discuss curricula shifts, ethical responses to pedagogical challenges, and effective approaches to integrating SEL within their curricula enhances teacher SEL, as well as teacher effectiveness (p. 9).
- Identifying a teacher leader to serve as an instructional leader or SEL Director, is one strategy for providing teaching faculty with both a model and support for identifying next steps in regards to the explicit integration of SEL and academics (p. 12).
Do Now - Follow these steps to teach social-emotional learning
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