Today, there’s tremendous interest in measuring social emotional learning (SEL) and using that feedback data to drive school and district-wide improvements. Schools nationwide are using SEL curricula and crafting exciting programs to develop students’ SEL skills, including grit, sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and growth mindset. Educators know that these are the skills and traits that really matter for life and school outcomes—and that help students arrive at school every day feeling excited to learn.
The next step is to measure social emotional learning. What’s working to help students increase their confidence, engagement, and excitement about learning? Where are the areas of greatest need for social-emotional learning? To get started measuring SEL, here are three critical factors for success.