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3 Misconceptions about SEL

“My district has been implementing SEL for years, and this is the first time I hear that SEL is not a behavior management system.” One of my students at Teachers College, Columbia University, shared this with me during class, after I described what SEL is and how it can be effectively implemented in schools. Although the student’s response did not surprise me–I have heard this before–it shows that there are still misconceptions about what SEL actually is and how we can use it to support our students’ growth, including those students who have been traditionally underserved by our educational system. 

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Let’s Talk Diversity

Researchers have found that children as young as 6 months show signs of racial bias. That is to say, they show a preference for people who look like them and their parents. Despite the fact that children notice these differences at an early age, a majority of parents rarely discuss race/ethnicity, gender, class or other categories of social identity with their kids, according to a nationally representative survey of more than 6,000 parents conducted by Sesame Workshop and NORC at the University of Chicago.

If you are trying to figure out how to discuss these topics with your children and support them to develop a positive identity, join me on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm EST/4pm PST for a conversation about how to raise children who appreciate diversity. You can join this free event here.


Equity Centered SEL

Based on popular demand, I will be sharing one resource that can help you center your SEL work in equity in each post. While the 3 bridges to an equity centered SEL can be a starting point to understand the necessary shifts, the work is complex and we will need to pull as many resources as possible to make this work happen.

The Leading Equity Podcastproduced by Dr. Sheldon Eakins, has a ton of resources and tools for educators who want to bring equity to their schools and classrooms. I recently spoke with Sheldon about SEL and fidelity. You can access the episode here.

Crossing 3 Bridges to Center SEL in Equity

One thing has become clear to me over the last few weeks—creating a kind and tolerant society will not bring about the necessary changes to end inequity and racism. We need to intentionally develop an equity lens in our SEL work, if we want to influence and transform the behaviors and structures that have fed an unjust system. Dr. Dena Simmons says “If we truly care about the future of our young people and our nation, we can no longer be passive about racial justice. We can no longer walk away, bask in our comfort, and ignore the way racism is killing us and destroying our nation.” Read more

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