WINGS is SET-ting SEL for a Broader Impact

With research clearly revealing that when taught as explicitly as traditional curriculum, such as reading, math and science, social and emotional learning (SEL) increases academic achievement, school attendance, reduces delinquent behavior and nurtures empathy so it should come as no surprise that WINGS kids are taking what they’ve learned back into the classroom.  When that happens a paradigm shift occurs in the relationship between student and teacher.  Students are able to articulate and express thoughts with clarity and with composure. They are more likely to have healthy dialogues with teachers, who are more empathetic and supportive; and likewise.


Perhaps that’s why so many school districts nationwide have adopted some aspect of social and emotional pedagogy as part of their curricula studies.   In fact the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students, is currently working to strategically implement SEL into school culture and curricula in ten states across the nation.  This is particularly important in districts, largely urban, where students traditionally have mistrust of educators, law enforcement and many others due to historical societal messages and/or stereotypes that portray the world as unjust, let alone their own experiences.  This lack of trust and in some cases, respect, multiplies when a child experiences domestic dysfunction, abuse, neglect, homelessness and the like.  This shouldn’t be surprising to any of us. 

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