Back to Educational Leadership October 2018 The Promise of Social-Emotional Learning
The Promise of Social-Emotional Learning
October 2018, Vol. 76, No. 2
12 The Emotional Intelligence We Owe Students and Educators
Marc A. Brackett
When schools recognize that emotions drive much of how and what we learn, students and educators can flourish.
22 Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy
An educational psychologist and parenting expert offers advice to school leaders.
30 Seeding SEL Across Schools: Strategies for Leaders
Meria Joel Carstarphen and Ed Graff
Two superintendents on how—and why—they’ve prioritized social-emotional learning in their districts.
34 SEL: What the Research Says
Joseph L. Mahoney and Roger P. Weissberg
The evidence base for social-emotional learning is expanding.
36 A Whole Child Umbrella
David Griffith and Sean Slade
Social-emotional learning begins with a focus on the whole child.
40 Grit and the Greater Good: A Conversation with Angela Duckworth
The nation’s foremost expert on “grit” says the concept is often misinterpreted in schools.
46 Can SEL Reduce School Violence?
Amanda B. Nickerson
A researcher points to hopeful findings.
52 Let’s Take Stand Against Sexual Harassment in Schools
We can’t stop sexual harassment in adulthood without addressing its roots in secondary schools.
58 What’s Wrong with Well-Being?
Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley
Examining the downsides of social-emotional learning strategies can help strengthen them.
64 Bringing Mindfulness to Teacher PD
Patricia A. Jennings
How to help teachers become more powerfully present in the classroom.
70 Learning Character from Characters
Using stories to foster social-emotional development.
ASCD VISUAL LEARNING SPECIAL
76 Listening with Understanding and Empathy
Use this graphic-instruction story to foster classroom discussion on building empathy.
7 READER’S GUIDE
The Social-Emotional Learning Moment
78 RESEARCH MATTERS
SEL: Getting the “Other Stuff” Right
Nonacademic factors can have a big effect on learning.
80 SHOW & TELL: A VIDEO COLUMN
What Students Want to Talk About
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Socially oriented anchor questions can help students gain life skills.
82 LEADING TOGETHER
SEL for Adults
Jill Harrison Berg
A strong social-emotional learning climate for faculty doesn’t just happen.
84 CONFRONTING INEQUITY
Broadening the Curriculum
H. Richard Milner IV
Enrichment opportunities must be protected for vulnerable students.
86 ONE TO GROW ON
Dignity in the Classroom
Carol Ann Tomlinson
Treating students with respect is always the first priority.
4 Readers React
85 Index to Advertisers
90 Tell Me About
Readers reflect on random acts of kindness in school.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL TAKEAWAYS
Inside Out with Social-Emotional Learning
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
What’s SEL Got to Do with It?
Daniela Leamer Mantilla
Collaborative inquiry can help teachers gain awareness of social-emotional learning opportunities in lessons.
Boosting SEL in K-12’s “Ivory Towers”
District officials and policymakers need to raise their own social awareness.
Coordinate to Curb Student Violence
Brian Van Brunt and Amy Murphy
10 warning signs that Behavioral Intervention Teams should monitor.
Video: SEL in Secondary Schools
Larry Dieringer, executive director of Engaging Schools, discusses meaningful ways to model and teach social-emotional competencies in middle and high school classrooms.