CINCINNATI – To attend R-5 High School in Grand Junction, Co., students are required to have a job, attend a community college or a university, volunteer or attend work experience classes. While these requirements may seem non-traditional to some, High School Principal Donald Trujillo believes they are an incredibly important aspect of preparing his students for work and life beyond school.
Mastering learning material is only one part of ensuring that students are college- and career-ready: social-emotional learning (SEL) opportunities are a must-have in today’s schools.
A recent Bloomberg report found that only 35 percent of employers are confident that new hires will have the soft skills they need to succeed. With an ever-changing cultural and business environment, students must be prepared to persist through challenges, seek help when needed and develop empathy and understanding of others.
R-5 High School’s story, along with other schools that are prioritizing learning SEL skills in the classroom, are shared in KnowledgeWorks’ new resource, “Four Strategies for the Successful Integration of Social-Emotional Learning and Personalized.” These strategies are designed to help schools think about ways to integrate social-emotional learning into their daily practices in the classroom.
KnowledgeWorks has also provided answers to frequently asked questions about social-emotional learning. These FAQs, formatted both for online reading and for sharing with school and community members, cover the definition of social- emotional learning, how educators can integrate social-emotional skill development in the classroom and how to measure its growth in in students.
“By factoring in social and emotional intelligence into the way that we prepare students, we are accounting for individual students’ multiple intelligences and, at the same time, molding them into the graduate most likely to take on the team- and thinking-based jobs of tomorrow,” said David Prinstein of Windsor Locks Middle School in Windsor Locks, Conn., another school highlighted in the resource.
KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.
With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.
Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early college. www.knowledgeworks.org