Our four-part case study series will explore these topics:
- Putting It All Together: How schools and educators enhance learning when they teach a curriculum that simultaneously builds students’ social, emotional, and academic understanding.
We’ve explored how schools and school districts across the country are fully integrating social, emotional and academic development (SEAD) into their K-12 classroom curricula. From a D.C. school embedding collaboration, critical feedback, and leadership skills in its lessons across subject areas to the “growth mindset” math program in the San Francisco Unified School District, the case study highlights a variety of successful examples of this work.
- Supporting the Whole Teacher: Developing educators’ social and emotional skills lays the foundation for success with students.
We’ve explored efforts to attend to educators’ own social and emotional skills and reduce stress; examined the importance of professional development; and considered how social, emotional, and academic learning can be integrated into teacher education, induction and ongoing mentoring programs.
- School-Community Partnerships: Joining forces to support the learning and development of all students.
Community engagement is essential to spurring meaningful change and key to efforts to ensuring equity for all students. In this case study, we’ve explored the need to generate grassroots awareness and demand for social, emotional, and academic development; the need to unite local leaders across sectors to fully support students’ development in schools and in the community; and the need to be smart about the use of community resources.
- Caring Communities: Linking School Culture and Student Development
Educators and students agree that a positive school climate and culture fosters student engagement and improves student learning. Research has also confirmed that schools where students feel safe, engaged, and connected to their teachers have narrower achievement gaps between low-income children and their wealthier peers. In this case study, we explored efforts to improve school climate and develop students’ social, emotional, and academic skills.