Social and Emotional Learning: Pathway to Equity and Excellence in Education

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined as attitudes and competencies that foster self- and social awareness and the abilities to manage one’s own and others’ emotions and behavior, make responsible decisions, and nurture positive relationships. Research shows that when schools embed SEL into the school day with fidelity, it improves children’s lives, the culture of the school, academic performance, and even teacher well-being.But American youths still rank in the bottom quarter of developed nations in global comparisons of well-being. More than 1 in 3 college freshmen have a diagnosed mental-health condition. School bullying and harassment remain significant problems. And suspensions and expulsions are disproportionately applied to students of color.So, while the importance of SEL has been recognized and proven, its promise to support all children’s healthy development has not (yet) been fulfilled. In this session we will present ideas for how SEL can have greater impact and lasting results for all children.

Moderator: Marc Brackett

Panelists: Brad Bernatek, Susan Enfield, Karen Niemi, LaShawn Routé Chatmon