The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

The social and emotional environment in the classroom and school have a profound impact on students' ability and willingness to learn, a report from the Aspen Institute argues. The report, The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (20 pages, PDF), offers guidance from the Council of Distinguished Educators with respect to integrating the three areas of development in pre-K-12 education. According to the report, explicit and embedded instruction in social and emotional competencies such as cooperating with others, resolving conflicts productively, managing emotions, and navigating social situations, combined with an inclusive and caring classroom and school climate, helps engage students more effectively in learning. The report also highlights the role of educators and school staff in modeling social and emotional competencies for students; the importance of strong leadership in implementing efforts to integrate social, emotional, and academic learning; and the need for stronger partnerships between schools, families, and communities.