Lots of people are talking about the importance of ensuring that students have social and emotional skills needed to be college and career ready. Too often, however, the focus is on what it takes to teach young people these skills. These skills, however, are often learned in the context of doing other things – playing, studying, socializing, working, even getting out of bad situations. We often don’t know what we’ve learned until the skill is named or know that it is important. This is especially true of students who are black, brown or poor.
There are many different terms in play for this work, which is intended to help children learn skills they need to succeed in school, in work and in life. During this session, results will be shared from a recent market research project conducted by EDGE Research that explored how K-12 educators, out-of-school time leaders, and parents think about SEL. Researchers also explored how these groups responded to different ways of framing the benefits of SEL. The findings are based on research, interviews with 45 field leaders, a survey of 1,600 professionals, and focus groups.
Social belonging has been linked to many aspects of success in school, career and adult life, including physical health, mental health, academic achievement and persistence. This webinar will begin with an overview of the research on social belonging, including a glimpse at the neuroscience of belonging and how it has been linked to positive outcomes among youth in diverse settings. Presenters will discuss how youth program staff, educators, counselors, and mentors can practice simple exercises to promote belonging in their settings.