This paper, funded by the NoVo Foundation, presents our framework for using students’ mindsets as an entry point for teaching four broad student skill sets – self-awareness, self-management, social efficacy, and academic efficacy – in ways that are developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, and academically relevant to high school students. It includes a wide set of competencies we call Learning and Life Competencies that flow from these skill sets. Each Learning and Life Competency (e.g., cooperation, participation, organizing to learn and study) includes explicit desired target behaviors and understandings that can be modeled, taught, practiced, and assessed in any classroom.
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The timing couldn’t be better for a thought-provoking white paper that spells out what should be the foundation for implementing SEL in high schools, and offers a framework for reaching all students, every day, all the time. Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms provides valuable insights into how to do SEL in high schools, and makes a crucial contribution to advancing the field.
– Jennifer Buffett, Co-President, NoVo Foundation