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Where to begin, to do one’s best?

Amidst changing challenges, understandings, and standards in an always changing educational landscape…

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III. Where does one begin if one wants to do one’s very best?

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You may have begun your own serious education as a teaching professional with your education and training as a teacher.

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Traditionally, teachers’ education has focused — and continues to largely focus — upon the development of students’ cognitive competencies and less so on students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies.

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This is a function of several understandable reasons, listed here.

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Cross-disciplinary research today — very broad and highly integrated specific understandings — indicate that intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies can often be more highly correlated with desirable educational, career, and health outcomes than cognitive competencies!

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(See Education for Life and Work: Developing transferable knowledge and skills in the 21st Century, National Academy of Sciences, 2012.)

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Key points of relevance to you:

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A positive transformation begins with yourself.

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(More about this below.)

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Social and emotional learning (“SEL“) has developed as a cross-disciplinary, integrative, and evidence-based human development model.

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SEL researchers did not “invent” SEL.

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More accurately,  as researchers over the past 20 years, across many human development sub-disciplines and disciplines, examined exemplary educational practices, they discovered what converging research findings pointed to.

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The SEL model now provides insights into how peak performing people (students and adults) are engaging and constructively performing and achieving in a variety of circumstances and settings, formal and informal.

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The SEL model also provides insights into how “everyday people” (again, students and adults) can constructively learn to engage, perform, and achieve even more constructively in a variety of circumstances and settings, formal and informal.

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A positive transformation begins with oneself.

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SEL skills are not less important than cognitive skills.

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To the contrary, SEL skills are very bit as important as cognitive skills.

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SEL skill development is also not “automatic,” just as academic skill development is not simply “automatic.”

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The learning (and teaching) of SEL skills is not entirely the same as for teaching and learning academic skills.

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SEL skills have historically been under-stressed in education, to everyone’s disadvantage.

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The SEL model is of critical importance to effective K-12 public education and beyond.

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