The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development outlines promising practices that show how students, teachers, parents, and administrators can integrate social, emotional, and academic learning in preK-12 education. The report, which represents the vision of the 34-member Council of Distinguished Educators, calls for widespread implementation of these strategies as essential to students’ success in their schools, homes, workplaces, and communities.
The Council of Distinguished Educators drew on its collective, firsthand experiences in schools and classrooms to develop the “The Practice Base for How We Learn.” Made up of teachers, school counselors, principals, system leaders, superintendents, and community partners from a diverse range of schools and educational systems across the country, Council members bring wide experience in the field of integrating social, emotional, and academic development, including a range of effective models of practice.
This report examines how the role of the teacher as well as the school environment need to support the social, emotional, and academic dimensions of learning to maximize the outcomes of all students. The consensus statements of practice offer clear guidance for educators, schools, and districts across the country.