SEL and CCSS
The Common Core State Standards are a set of educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. According to the Common Cores State Standards Initiative (2010), the standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards define expectations for what students should know and be able to do in a reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in schools. It is up to teachers and administrators to decide how these subjects will be taught.
When we take a look at the description of the standards, we quickly realize how they are connected to social and emotional competencies. For example in regards to text complexity:
- Students will experience longer periods of engagement with text. Therefore, students will need self-control in order to persist with the text, and self-management in order to stay motivated and engaged over time.
- Students will be asked to frequently work with peers to engage in academic discourse and problem solve around a text. In this case, students will need to use social awareness in order to take others’ points of view, as well as relationship skills to work collaboratively.
In mathematics, one of the practices highlighted in the CCSS is modeling with mathematics. This practice is also related to social and emotional competencies:
- Students will need to analyze problems in real contexts. This will require that students use social awareness to understand the needs of the individuals and groups involved in the problem.
- Students will need to engage in reflective and improvement processes. In this case, students will need to use decision-making skills to responsibly solve problems, as well as use self-management skills to persevere in the process and monitor progress towards final completion.
These are just a few examples that illustrate the connections between the practices in the CCSS and their relationship with social and emotional competencies. Currently, we can find school districts like Chicago Public Schools that are fully integrating the CCSS with SEL standards in their overall strategy to prepare students for college and beyond. Check out how they represent the relationship between CCSS and SEL, College and Career Readiness CPS.
The Anchorage School District has also started publishing examples of how the CCSS math practices are related to their SEL learning standards.