Tag: SEL

Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed Social-Emotional Learning

Teaching ‘fearless SEL content’ can help give students the “Ultimate Life Skills”. Read more to see how social-emotional skills translate to tools that students can use to build relationships, foster social awareness and navigate unjust realities.


Dena Simmons

Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills can help us build communities that foster courageous conversations across difference so that our students can confront injustice, hate, and inequity. SEL refers to the life skills that support people in experiencing, managing, and expressing emotions, making sound decisions, and fostering interpersonal relationships.

However, educators often teach SEL absent of the larger sociopolitical context, which is fraught with injustice and inequity and affects our students’ lives. As an SEL practitioner-researcher who speaks nationally about the intersection of emotional intelligence, equity, and culturally responsive practices, I hear that educators shy away from such discussions for fear that they will be accused of politicization or that they will lose their jobs.

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Social-Emotional Learning for Black Students is Ineffective When it is Culture-Blind

In this article, Donna Ford identifies issues that black students face in schools, and the racial trauma that could affect them.  Take a look into how these racial issues can potentially follow students in to higher education.

Read the full article here: https://www.diverseeducation.com/demographics/african-american/article/15106240/social-emotional-learning-for-black-students-is-ineffective-when-it-is-culture-blind

In ‘Social-Emotional Learning,’ Right Sees More Critical Race Theory

This article details how SEL has been confused with Critical Race Theory (CRT) and how and SEL has come under attack by parents who don’t really understand what SEL is. Do you think we can leave the topic of race out of SEL curriculums?

Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/03/28/social-emotional-learning-critical-race-theory/