Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
In today’s challenging and changing learning environments, Social and Emotional Learning must be one of the main goals of our formal education systems
During the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures have forced students to face remote learning and isolation from their normal social settings. The reduction of social interactions, physical activities, and play combined with increased emotional stress have affected students worldwide. Loneliness and depression are on the rise among all ages, but especially young people.
Moreover, social and emotional skills are especially important today given the level of civil unrest and polarisation experienced in 2020, indicating a lack of social cohesion, perspective taking, conflict resolution, and compassion between different groups of people. There has never been a more critical time to evaluate how we can support social and emotional development among students as they continue their learning journey and become the builders of tomorrow.
This spotlight showcases impactful & scalable educational innovations supporting the development of SEL skills.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all people acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills and competencies develop over the course of our lives and are essential to success in school, work, home, and community.
Effective SEL programs should ensure emotionally safe learning environments, foster caring and nurturing relationships, be responsive to learners’ needs, and integrate socio-cultural contexts. The innovations should be intentional, active, and focused on fostering specific SEL skills in children 5-12. Through this Spotlight, we aimed to identify innovations working in a variety of contexts in order to help spread their work to education systems around the world and provide quality education for all.
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Spotlight: Social & Emotional Learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed a global discussion of the importance of schools and teachers for supporting childrens’ social and emotional learning. Significant disruptions to schooling around the world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted learning for more than 1.5 billion students, revealing gaps in education systems and showing us critical areas that require focus. In an unprecedented way, the global pandemic has highlighted the importance of building social and emotional skills to help children thrive in school, the workplace, and life.
In response to these challenges, policymakers, school administrators, and teachers are working to reconceptualize approaches to teaching and learning that help students develop skills for setting goals, managing behavior, and building relationships, within and beyond the classroom. In order for education systems to truly develop the broad set of competencies young people need to thrive socially, academically, and professionally, students need to develop a range of social and emotional skills.
Social and emotional skills help us to handle our impulses, manage and speak about emotions, and build healthy relationships. After the mass trauma caused by the pandemic, we all need these skills more than ever. But how can we increase social and emotional skills in children throughout the globe in a systematic way? HundrED and The LEGO Foundation have partnered in this Spotlight project to identify impactful and scalable solutions that help parents and educators support the development of children’s social and emotional skills.