There is no replacing in-person/one-on-one teacher-student instruction, especially with shortcomings of distance learning in reaching all students. During a pandemic that has resulted in such disruption, the successful reopening of our public schools must include meeting the social and emotional needs of our students and educators. Moving forward, NSEA will work on a renewed focus on the social and emotional needs of our students and educators. We cannot expect teaching, learning, and family functioning to occur in a crisis without attending to our emotions.
What is Social and Emotional Learning?
An interrelated set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies that underscore the capacity to learn, develop and maintain mutually supportive relationships, and be healthy, physically, and psychologically.
What are the Goals of Social and Emotional Learning?
The goals of SEL programs are to cultivate the development of five competencies:
- social awareness
- relationship skills
- responsible decision-making