(This is the first post in a two-part series)
The new “question-of-the-week” is:
What is the role of racial and economic equity in Social Emotional Learning?
Social Emotional Learning is an important initiative in many schools around the United States. It’s designed to support students in developing skills like self-control, perseverance, mindfulness, and self-motivation. However, there is also a danger of it being used by some as what I call a “Let Them Eat Character” strategy. In other words, instead of using SEL to also confront race and equity issues, I believe some want to use SEL to keep those broader questions under the surface.
This two-part series will explore these and other issues related to SEL.
Today’s post is “guest-hosted” by Mai Xi Lee, the Director of Social Emotional Learning for the Sacramento City Unified School District. After her introduction, she brings together responses from Robert J. Jagers, Mary Hurley, Sonny Kim, Dr. Christina Arpante, Meena Srinivasan, Africa S. Fullove, and Kashia Jensen. You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Mai Xi and DeEtta Jones, Carla Tantillo Philibert, and Peggy Collings (their response will be in Part Two) on my BAM! Radio Show. You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.