Monday, November 7, 2022

Enriching Education: NAEP Data and SEL

 Today’s release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data confirms the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student achievement and well-being.

With students’ learning, safety, and well-being top of mind for parents and educators, academic recovery will require comprehensive, evidence-based solutions that take a holistic view of students’ social, emotional, and academic learning. In tandem with interventions focused on academic content and skills, social and emotional learning (SEL) strategies create conditions that enhance student learning. These evidence-based strategies can be supported with investments through the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March 2021. Research demonstrates that that social and emotional learning bolsters academic achievement:
SEL4US is amplifying research-based information on social, emotional, and academic learning in partnership with the Leading with SEL coalition, 24 organizations that represent a wide range of education stakeholders.

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. issued the following statement:

“Children's emotions are gatekeepers to their academic learning. Academic recovery cannot be pushed farther than children are open to. Anxiety about recovery and rushing the process will only put us farther behind. We need to prioritize schools and classrooms that are safe, caring, supportive, and inclusive if we are to optimize students' academic progress. This is true under any conditions, but especially so as a consequence of a pandemic. We need urgency leavened with loving patience.”

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