National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

Today’s youth must navigate a complex, economically competitive, and globally connected world. Yet the nation’s predominant approach to PreK-12 education fails to fully prepare students for this future. From the schoolhouse to the state house, we have emphasized the academic skills our students need. But overwhelming evidence demands that we complement the focus on academics with the development of the social and emotional skills and competencies that are equally essential for students to thrive in school, career, and life.

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is uniting leaders to re-envision what constitutes success in our schools. With the help of teachers, parents, and students in communities across the country, the Commission will explore how schools can fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development to support the whole student.


On January 15, 2019, the Commission released its final report and accompanying recommendations.

Drawing on input from more than 200 scientists, youth and parent groups, educators, and policymakers, the Commission’s final report, “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope,” seeks to accelerate and strengthen efforts to support the whole learner in local communities through recommendations for researchers, educators, and policymakers.


The Commission sunsets on March 15, 2019. After that time, please contact [email protected] for Commission-related inquiries or comments.

If you would like to order hard copies of any Commission publication, you may do so through the following portal provided by Linemark Printing: www.nationalcommissionresources.com. Please keep in mind there is a minimum order of 50 copies per document and that print orders are most cost-effective in bulk. All of our resources are also available for download and printing at home on www.NationAtHope.org.

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