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English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators & Teachers

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators and Teachers is an online resource supporting both the administration, teaching and execution of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requirements and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Task 1: Understand Socio-Emotional Education





Social Emotional Developmental Checklist for Kids and Teens

Based on the five social emotional development core competency clusters, this Kiddie Matters website offers a series of social emotional developmental checklists to help parents, educators, and counselors gain insight into how they can best support children’s social and emotional development.These social and emotional developmental checklists are free to download. They are meant to be used as a point of reference. Not every child develops at the same pace, so there might be some variations for some children.



Tools to Access Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

Adapted from Susanne A. Denham's Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice, this 2016 article states Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classmates, and are given more instruction and positive feedback by teachers.

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How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core

This January 2014 Greater Good Magazine article asks, "Do the Common Core State Standards undermine social-emotional learning?"  The author shares many educators think so. In a recent Ed Week op-ed, an elementary principal argued that teachers were too busy teaching Common Core to address the social-emotional development of their students. The author has heard the same argument from many teachers and feels this is troubling given that researchers strongly suggest that the learning process is 50 percent social-emotional and 50 percent cognitive.


Core SEL Competencies

Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Like many similar frameworks, CASEL’s integrated framework promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence. There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings.

Social Emotional Learning Standards: A New Definition

This 7 Mindsets website discusses defining the future of social emotional learning standards. Here are seven qualities to help students live authentically great lives. Whether or not they can be measured and molded into standards, these elements must be at the heart of any SEL standards inventory.

The Something Other-Personal Competencies for Learning and Life

This Center on Innovations in Learning paper by Sam Redding introduces 'Jeffrey's Story' and how although a students’ mastery of specific knowledge and skills is one purpose of schooling, schools can also intentionally build four personal competencies—cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, and social/emotional—necessary for the masteryof knowledge and skills. Learning habits take form as these personal competencies are exercised in school. The same personal competencies are also crucial for the purposeful navigation of life’s challenges and the pursuit of personal interests and ambitions.


Level Up Your MTSS: Best Practices for Tiered Interventions and Support

This February 2019 webinar, hosted by Panorama Education and Education Week, shows why many schools and districts are looking to improve their Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Response to Intervention (RTI), PBIS, and student support frameworks to proactively identify student needs, deliver targeted interventions, and track progress.  This webinar also shares how school and district leaders are establishing responsive student support practices to: Bring together key data to identify students’ academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs, Create a menu of trusted, evidence-based interventions, Ensures all staff can access the student information they need to best plan supports in one central system, and monitors the progress of interventions in real time, and evaluate the efficacy of interventions on an individual student and group basis to make continuous improvements to interventions and supports.

Measure and Understand Social-Emotional Learning

This Panorama Education website helps educators support each student's SEL—the critical skills and mindsets that enable success in school and in life—with research-backed measures and actionable data reports

Social-Emotional Learning

This College and Career Readiness and Success Center website states that growing evidence highlights the importance of teaching social and emotional skills alongside academic skills for students’ success throughout their education and beyond. Although social and emotional skills are frequently tied to early education standards, they are often left out of the standards for elementary, middle, and high school. As a result, many states have encountered roadblocks in aligning early learning standards with those for K–12.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.