Academic learning + social-emotional learning = national priority
High-quality schools not only ensure that all students are academically proficient in all subject matters, but also foster students’ reflection, social skills, perseverance, and positive mindsets. These latter skills and knowledge are developed through social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL involves the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (p. 10). This article argues for inclusion of SEL in classrooms pre-K through high school, particularly with integrating SEL standards with academic standards.