Accountability drives actions
COVID-19 may enable new approaches to SEL in the short term, but as long as the high-stakes outcomes in our accountability system -- the colors on the Dashboard -- do not reflect the importance of SEL, I fear we will return to business as usual. School climate, student engagement and parent engagement are among our state priorities, so we are partway there. I would love to see local education leaders find ways to elevate the visibility and salience of those priorities with school level staff and with their parent communities. I think state policy makers have an important role to play in supporting that.
That which gets measured gets done after all.