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Student social, emotional and academic development becoming more intertwined in K-12 classrooms

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Researchers, educators, parents, teachers and youth advocates across the country increasingly agree that learning and practicing social and emotional skills in tandem with academics is crucial to K-12 student success. That’s according to a report issued this week by The Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.” (more)

Social and emotional skills linked to better student learning

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Students with well-developed and adaptive social and emotional behaviours are most likely to excel in school, according to UNSW researchers in educational psychology. The two-part study of 153,437 NSW kindergarten students shows that adaptive social and emotional behaviours in kindergarten correspond with better results in school years later.” (more)

The joys and benefits of bilingualism

The Guardian – Tobias Jones

“Everyone knows that it’s moving and melancholic to watch your children change over the years. But to hear them alter their language, over the course of a few weeks and months, is almost surreal. It’s as if the precious beings you thought you knew are completely different and the experience is both intriguing and unsettling. Our children were 12, 10 and seven when we moved from Somerset to their mother’s country, Italy, last summer. Until then, they had always lived in England and their English was what you would expect: the odd spelling mistake, but otherwise fluent and full of pre-teen playground slang.” (more)

Setting School Culture With Social And Emotional Learning Routines

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“In recent years, the pendulum of education trends have swung back to emphasize the importance of relationships to learning. Schools are using social and emotional learning curricula to help students develop interpersonal skills and learn ways to solve problems peacefully. But there’s still debate around which social and emotional skills are the most important to teach — such as empathy, executive functioning or persistence — and some educators feel unprepared to take on a role that seems more like parenting.” (more)

Report identifies behaviors that improve school climate

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system, which focuses on modeling and reinforcing good behavior among students, is widely used in schools across the country. And now, with the U.S. Department of Education suggesting that PBIS is a good fit for the Every Student Succeeds Act’s focus on school climate, more schools are likely to implement the approach.”(more)

In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Thom Markham

“Observing a group of students conversing deeply as a team, checking resources on a Chromebook, presenting solutions to a problem in a project, or responding to open ended questions, you might ask yourself: What the heck is going on? Is this learning? In times past, this was an easy question to answer. Traditional, recognizable elements of education, such as lectures, worksheets, spelling tests, writing, and standardized tests were prominent. There was also a shared mental model of what learning meant. It was assumed that individuals operate as a unit separate from each other and the environment, which enabled the transmission version of learning—the input-output model in which packets of information enter the brain, form building blocks of knowledge, rewire circuits, stimulate executive function, and thinking happens… (The conversation trails off a bit at this point because the whole process gets mysterious, especially the thinking part.).”(more)