Attending to the development of students' social and emotional skills can help students, schools, and districts meet the expectations for teaching and learning that are described in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
The content standards and the recently adopted 2017 MA Curriculum Framework for ELA/Literacy describe a vision of what it means to be a literate person in this century. The skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate build a strong foundation for application outside the classroom and the workplace. Students will perform the critical reading necessary to navigate the extensive range of information available today both print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, increases experiences, and broadens worldviews. Students who meet the standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for creative and purposeful expression in language and communication. Effective and respectful communication is key to collaboration and compromise. The 2017 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for ELA/Literacy includes the following Guiding Principle to support Social and Emotional Learning:
Social and emotional learning can increase academic achievement, improve attitudes and behaviors, and reduce emotional distress. Students should practice recognizing aspects of themselves in texts (self awareness), struggling productively with challenging texts (self management), tailoring language to audience and purpose (social awareness), grappling vicariously with choices faced by others (responsible decision making), and collaboratively respectfully with diverse peers (relationship skills).
Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
DESE Links and Resources:
10 Teaching Practices That Promote SEL
Lesson Planning for SEL
Center for Great Teachers and Leaders: Research to practice Brief: Teaching the Whole Child
ASCD: Social and Emotional Learning; Policy and Practice
The Wallace Foundation: Social and Emotional Development
1 Competencies from CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional learning, Social and Emotional Learning Core competencies.
Last Updated: October 6, 2017
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