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What percentage of students at your current school have strong social and emotional skills? 9.2% 18.0 TEACHERS SURVEY: Students Need More Than Academic Prowess More than 75% 51 to 75% 26 to 50% 25% or fewer 37.3 14.8 35.5 Social-emotional skills matter 21.9% ADMINISTRATORS By Evie Blad A majority of educators responding to an Education Week Research Center poll said social-emotional learning is an effective way to improve student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and improve school climate. But there are some telling gaps in perception between teachers and administrators. Of the responding adTo what extent ministrators, 60.5 percent said more than half of do TEACHERS and their school's students ADMINISTRATORS have strong social and emotional skills. Of reagree with sponding teachers, 46.5 percent said the majorthe following ity of students at their statements? schools have such skills. Administrators also had a rosier view of their school's climate, student behavior, and engagement and motivation than teachers, the survey shows. Leaders of districtwide social-emotional-learning initiatives say those gaps in perception are a major challenge to the success of such efforts. The eight large districts that have worked with the Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to launch districtwide, comprehensive social-emotional-learning plans try to get principals, teachers, and other school staff on board by holding regular meetings, administering teacher surveys, and working with outside evaluators to gauge whether the programs are being implemented consistently across all schools. The survey asked about a broad range of topics related to social-emotional-learning strategies and programs, school climate, and student engagement. The Education Week Research Center administered the survey in April to a random sample of registrants who had previously identified themselves as classroom teachers, instructional specialists, or school-based administrators. Of 709 total survey responses, 562 qualified for inclusion in the study based on self-identification as a teacher or school-based administrator. Educators who do not work at the school level were excluded from the analysis. The center did not use weighted adjustments to account for geography, respondent characteristics, or school factors. Of all respondents, 49.9 percent said their school pays "about the right amount of attention" to social and emotional learning, 48.2 percent said their school pays "too little attention," and 1.9 percent said their school pays "too much attention." Coverage of school climate and student behavior and engagement is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the NoVo Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, and the California Endowment. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage. 24.8 TEACHERS ADMINISTRATORS My school's climate fosters social and emotional well-being for students and staff 25+51+20449+4452 23+56+17446+4491 37+47+12460+3361 15+58+24334+5781 38.6 2.4 3.7 4.7 20.5 24.8% 49.3% 43.6 51.1 Students are well-behaved 3.7 1.5 9.0 45.5% 44.5 56.4 ADMINISTRATORS Teaching social and emotional skills to students is an effective way to: 0.9 23.3% 16.6 TEACHERS IMPROVE SCHOOL CLIMATE 0.5 15.4 27.3 71.2% 84.1% My school's climate is conducive to teaching and learning 3.4 0.9 1.5 5.7 12.3 37.4% 33.0 60.4% 46.9 22.8 75.7% REDUCE DISCIPLINE 0.5 PROBLEMS 12.1 87.4% Students are engaged and motivated 3.1 24.2 0.9 14.7% 1.5 8.5 IMPROVE STUDENT 0.9 ACHIEVEMENT 33.5% 58.0 57.1 Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree 13.6 27.1 71.3% 85.5% SOURCE: Education Week Research Center EDUCATION WEEK | June 10, 2015 | | 13

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Education Week - June 10, 2015
Cleveland Embraces Social- Emotional Learning
Challenge of Co-Teaching A Special Education Issue
As Federal Grants Taper Off, Two N.C. Districts Tally Impact
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: N.Y. ‘Open’ Content Going Nationwide
School Choice Supercharged In Nev. Statute
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Debate Persists Around Kindergarten Reading Standards
New York Expanding Dual Language to Help Its English- Learners
Schools, Students Hit Hard by California’s Historic Drought
Blogs of the Week
Massachusetts School Transforms Renovation Into Teachable Moment
Magnet Schools Found to Boost Diversity—But Only a Bit
Survey: Students Need More Than Academic Prowess
Education Policy Issues In Arizona Crossfire
Congress Appears Poised to Tackle Higher Education Issues
SIG Money Gives Principal Tools For Turnaround
Federal Aid Fuels Multi-Tiered Instruction
Additional Entrants Join Presidential Race
High Court Rules in Online Threat, Religious Rights Cases
A Movement Gains Momentum
What Teachers Are Saying
Parents Have a Civil Right To Question Testing’s Goal
Parents See Testing’s ‘Distorting Impact’
What Are the Policy Implications of the Opt-Out Movement?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
An Early Opt-Out

Education Week - June 10, 2015