The Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) at Center for Schools and Communities was recently launched to bridge the gap between research and practice, for educators and youth-serving organizations.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to a student’s ability to manage and express emotions appropriately, show empathy for others, have positive relationships and make good decisions. Several hundred studies have documented that well-planned and well-implemented SEL programming can positively impact a broad range of student social, health, behavioral and academic outcomes. All these skills can be taught; and students and adults with these skills do better in school, in the workplace and in life.
“We envision a future where all learners will become socially and emotionally competent individuals of strong character,” said Shileste Overton Morris, Center for Schools and Communities director.
In light of recent trends in troubling youth behavior and school violence, educators and administrators are realizing that now, more than ever, schools have to think beyond the basics of reading, writing and mathematics. When districts make a commitment to SEL, students demonstrate academic gains; and develop an awareness and culture where they understand themselves and others, have a sense of compassion and purpose and have the skills to work together, support others and make responsible choices.
“Progressive educational leaders and practitioners have embraced the importance of social and emotional learning and have made great strides to incorporate SEL and character development into everyday practice – not just because these competencies enhance academic performance but because they want their students to be ready for life beyond school,” Overton Morris added.
CPSEL offers a broad array of services including consulting, coaching and professional development. With decades of experience in SEL and character development and backgrounds in counseling, education, research and psychology, CPSEL staff have the expertise to assist with SEL assessment, program implementation, culture and school climate change. Learn more at CPSEL.