Recommendations from the National Commission on Social Emotional and Academic Development

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(Arti Freeman) #1

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is advancing! There is strong recognition both in Canada and the U.S. that SEL is critical to the wellbeing of children and youth.

This movement of SEL is more pronounced and heavily supported in the US where a consortium of funders including The Anne E. Casey Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Wallace Foundation, and 12 others that are part of the Grantmakers for Thriving Youth supported the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development at the Aspen Institute.

Last Wednesday, the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development released its final report: From A Nation at Risk to A Nation At Hope.

The new Nation At Hope website contains the full report and executive summary, a livestream of the event, and links to videos, communication tools, and other resources.

While the research is focused on the United States, it gives us a model for reshaping learning and supporting the social emotional wellbeing of all children.

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