Wisconsin is among about 20 states working with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to expand social and emotional learning standards. All states currently have early learning standards that address social and emotional learning for early childhood. As of February 2018, a CASEL survey showed just eight states have SEL competencies that span kindergarten through 12th grade. Wisconsin’s new “Social and Emotional Learning Competencies” encompass self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, decision making, and relationship skills and are written across grade bands from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade and from sixth grade to adulthood.
The department plans full-day training sessions on the SEL competencies and their implementation in each of the state’s 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies next school year. Additionally, the agency is developing online training modules that will support educators at any time.
“For years, we've been building up the importance of solid academic knowledge for all kids. But a growing body of research shows that must be supplemented with concepts like persistence, problem- solving, adaptability, and communication skills,” Evers said. “Those are part of social and emotional learning and contribute mightily to safety, respect, and equity in our schools, the workplace, and society. I've seen schools and districts that put social and emotional learning into action, and the kids there are impressive, citizen-ready people.”
Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin PK-12 Schools: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sspw/pdf/selinfographic.pdf Guide
Social and Emotional Learning Competencies: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sspw/SEL-Competencies-Guide-web.pdf
Positivity through Social and Emotional Learning (Adams-Friendship Area School District): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJj2Nlp3J2w Early Childhood Social and Emotional Learning (Racine Unified School District): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohzEujRKtLg
Social and Emotional Learning: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/social-emotional-learning
NOTE: This news release is available electronically at https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news- release/dpinr2018-52.pdf.