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Social-Emotional Skills

Strong social-emotional skills are critical for a child’s educational attainment, their long-term well-being and prosperity, and their ability to contribute to society.

Instead of seeing reason and emotion as belonging to separate and independent faculties (the former controlling the latter) – social, emotional and cognitive processes are all bound together in a seamless web. As important as the three Rs are, today’s students must develop the social and emotional capacities necessary for healthy and productive living.

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Social-Emotional Skills

Our Research

March 10, 2016
by People for Education
August 28, 2015
A current working draft of the foundational skills/competencies and learning conditions. This draft is being made available as a framework to stimulate discussion and reflection. Read more >
July 28, 2015
by Dr. Stuart Shanker, York University
Summary of Dr. Stuart Shanker's report. Read more >
July 27, 2015
by Dr. Stuart Shanker, York University
Stuart Shanker reviews the research and suggests measures for social-emotional learning. Read more >

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International Research

December 17, 2015
by Achievement Gap Initiative, Harvard University
This report looks at the influence of teaching in helping students become "more conscientious, more focused on preparing for the future, and more convinced that smart is something that you become by working hard." Read more >
December 17, 2015
by Noah Bookman
This article looks at the measurement of social-emotional skills, and how the information can be used to develop strategies to support student success in school and in the future. Read more >
October 22, 2015
by Claire Cain Miller
This article explores the value of having social emotional skills for work and career. It looks at findings from research that highlights why the stuff that is important for pre-school students - things like 'playing well with others' - is also critical in high school and ... Read more >
December 04, 2014
by Public Health England
Public Health England, an agency of the Department of Health in England produced a research briefing on the importance of students' social emotional learning. The briefing discusses the critical role that social emotional health of students plays in student school success and ... Read more >
December 04, 2014
by Jamie Doward, The Observer
London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance finds that emotional health in childhood is a key indicator for future happiness. LSE researchers did a cohort study of 9,000 people since 1970. The researchers argue that early childhood emotional health is more ... Read more >
November 18, 2014
by Natasha Singer, The New York Times
A digital app, Classdojo, can keep track of student behavior, automatically alert parents and keep track of how students behave in classrooms. Widely popular in US classrooms, the app is generating concerns about student privacy and potentially harmful effects of ‘carrot and ... Read more >
November 07, 2014
by The Conference Board of Canada
According to the Conference Board of Canada, there are a range of skills needed to “enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work—whether you work on your own or as a part of a team.” Those skills include things such as adaptability, problem-solving, teamwork, positive ... Read more >
November 03, 2014
by The Conference Board of Canada
According to a 2013 report from the Conference Board of Canada, "It is important that the next generation possess a broad range of skills that supports their ability to think, learn, communicate, collaborate, and innovate." In their Employability Skills 2000+ report, they list ... Read more >

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