There is currently a lot of talk about social and emotional intelligence. This came about when American youth were found to be deficient in the 21st century skills…a fancy way to describe what skills young adults need to be successful in college, careers, and life. Our schools might be focusing on academics, but there is much more to life’s lessons than memorization of a bunch of facts. Education of the whole child is essential in today’s economy. In order to be able to compete with global leaders, our students need to be well-voiced in a myriad of other areas.
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), there are five key sets of socio- emotional skills: 1) self- awareness, 2) social awareness, 3) self- management and organization, 4) responsible decision making, and 5) relationship management. We will look at these areas further in subsequent articles. In the meantime, I have listed ten well-reputed resources on social and emotional wellbeing, should you have an interest.
1. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD’s site has a rich array of information and resources to support educating the whole child. (www.ascd.org)
2. Center for Character and Citizenship (CCC)
The Center for Character and Citizenship, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education, generates and disseminates knowledge and research about how individuals develop moral and civic character and provides scholars, educators and organizations with the tools they need to contribute to this development. (www.characterandcitizenship.org)
3. Character Education Partnership (CEP)
The Character Education Partnership is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our nation’s youth as one means of creating a more compassionate and responsible society. (www.character.org)
4. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education from preschool through high school. The site includes a description of CASEL’s research projects, nationwide teacher-training opportunities, an SEL reading list, and news updates about SEL initiatives throughout the country. CASEL organizes several list serves. The site also includes a review and “consumer guide” to many SEL programs. (www.casel.org)
5. EQ Parenting
This site provides information about an innovative partnership linking social decision-making and problem solving to modern intervention technology and parenting. The areas of self-control, group participation and social awareness, and social-cognitive decision-making skills are key components of interventions reaching children at high, moderate, and low levels of risk in schools, agency and clinical contexts.
6. George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF)
GLEF is a nonprofit organization that gathers and disseminates the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the digital age and also publishes a newsletter entitled Edutopia Emotional Intelligence. (www.edutopia.org/mission-vision)
7. 6 Seconds
This site includes an array of information about SEL, including upcoming educational events. (www.6seconds.org)
8. Book “Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ” by Daniel Goleman, (www.danielgoleman.info/topics/emotional-intelligence)
10. Video “Are You Socially Intelligent?” by Daniel Goleman, (www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZskNGdP_zM)