The Whole Child
We owe it to the next generation to develop their emotional intelligence in order for them to become well rounded adults -- not only focus on technical knowledge such as math, science, and history. The majority of teachers have expressed that the development of "The Whole Child" is what motivated them to enter the profession.
With this mission in mind, the State of Ohio rolled out their new 2019-24 Strategic Plan for Education, focusing on "The Whole Child." One of their tactics was to add a new learning domain: Social Emotional Learning.
An Important Focus for Schools to Raise a Healthy Generation of Children
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the new learning domain in the 2019-24 Ohio Strategic Plan for Education. It has five key areas that focus on improving emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
Unfortunately since the early 2000’s policies have primarily focused on labeling the success of students and schools on standardized tests. For this reason schools have lost sight of developing the social needs of children. Ensuring that time is spent focusing on a students psychological needs is essential to a quality education. Every child needs to learn how to recognize and respond to their feelings so that they are not overwhelmed by emotions that they are feeling for the first time. This will support skills in problem solving and conflict-resolution.
Why SEL matters
Society benefits from
the return on investment (ROI)
SEL has positive short and long-term academic and behavioral benefits for children
Performance of students
exposed to SEL programs
Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), based on 8 studies that looked at academics
Based on an analysis of six SEL programs
Belfield C, Bowden B, Klapp A, Levin H, Shand R, Zander S. (2015). The economic value of social and emotional learning. New York, NY: Columbia University.
Fewer negative outcomes:
Substance use and delinquency
Increased positive outcomes:
Academic achievement and social skills