June 1st, 2020

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.

Tags: Climate and culture, leadership, SEL Policy

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Mary, A small solution to measuring SEL would be through survey data. Teacher and student survey, and the a subjective student performance task of a scenario to demonstrate empathy. The problem that plagues high stakes testing is often to teach to the test, or find ways to improve survey data. SEL might be too important to make into a high-stakes assessment, but how do we go about giving it its proper due as one of the most important parts of teaching?

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Hi Mary:
If you were a state policy maker, what would you do to make sure this happens?

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