Educators have long known that social and emotional learning (SEL) matters for students in school and life. But how does SEL relate to attendance, behavior, and course performance (the “ABCs”)? Do students with higher SEL tend to have better grades, test scores, and attendance?
Social emotional learning data can be a powerful tool within a tiered system of supports. Once you’ve gathered data on students’ social-emotional skills and competencies—from social awareness to growth mindset—there are several ways to take action on the results to support students.
One common method is to provide small group supports with SEL data. In the same way that your team may use academic data from a formative assessment to drive small group instruction for students in need, social emotional learning data can guide small group learning experiences around a specific topic, skill, or competency.
There’s no question that social emotional learning (SEL) is essential to students’ success in school and life.
Extensive research has shown that students who participate in SEL programs demonstrate 11% gains in academics, improved classroom behavior, better stress management, and higher attendance. As the body of research on social-emotional learning grows, district and school leaders are focusing on infusing SEL into the classroom through different programs and activities.
So, your school or district is bought into the concept of social emotional learning (SEL). You’ve established a vision for SEL, shared SEL priorities across the team, and implemented (or started to implement) an SEL program to support students in developing these critical life skills.
As a next step, your team might be planning to gather baseline data on students’ SEL skills through a social emotional learning assessment. Social emotional learning assessments are an easy and scalable way to learn how supported students feel in school and how empowered teachers feel to implement SEL in the classroom.
A social emotional learning survey can be a powerful way to learn how students perceive their SEL skills and where they might need additional supports.
Whether assessing middle school students or high school students—or both—your school or district team is probably thinking about how to make the most out of your survey administration to collect valid, reliable data on students’ social emotional skills.
An analysis of a nationwide measure of 23,000 students’ perceptions of growth mindset shows meaningful differences in what students believe they can change and a gender gap.
Last school year, David Andrews, a social studies teacher at Piedmont Hills High School (Calif.), noticed something in his students that puzzled him.
As a teacher of six years, Andrews had read the research by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck and others that showed the impact of having a growth mindset on students’ learning and academic achievement. Andrews promoted this belief that people can work deliberately to change their most basic abilities — namely their intelligence.
“Students are so varied when it comes to their mindsets,” Andrews said. “I’m still working to crack the enigma of how to support all my students’ beliefs about themselves.” He would overhear students saying they were good at social studies, but would never be good at math. Other students would say they could always work harder to do better in class, while some felt they just weren’t that talented.