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when schools teach kids the Emotional Intelligence skills they need, they also succeed in school and pursue lifelong learning and creativity and have happy relationships.
Help your kids succeed in every aspect of life by making sure SEL is taught by their schools – in-person or online – and ideally practiced at home as you learn.
With nearly 90% of high performance deriving from EQ, not IQ,* promoting SEL for pre-K-12 schools (as you did for STEM) will deliver even more upside.
*Harvard Business Review
EQ and SEL have the potential to transform society by fostering better communication, routinely supportive relationships, and healthier daily habits.
Although far more important than math, science and history, Social-Emotional Learning is only taught comprehensively in an estimated 10-15% of U.S. schools. Yet SEL creates dramatic improvements in grades and in student emotional states, and equally notable declines in bullying, racism, substance abuse, discipline incidents, digital addiction and suicides.
During this time of severe child and parent duress, children even more need SEL’s ability to transform mindsets and behaviors for the better so they can be their best selves. This game-changer movement of thousands of educators deserves your support.
We ask you to check out video and text evidence here and then follow our guidance on how to make EQ happen in your schools, family, workplace and community. It’s a great adventure.
Covid-19 (and associated restrictions) have dramatically down-graded the mental health of many kids and their parents. There aren’t enough mental health counselors to meet the need. So it’s even more urgent that Social-Emotional Learning be taught and practiced at school and at home.
of children were stressed out by the pandemic and may experience long-term mental and physical health issues. SEL in schools will make a big difference. See news reports below. Also see The neuroscience of EQ
Hear about kids experiencing Emotional Intelligence skills at Boys & Girls Clubs – and parent appreciation for this..
More resources for parents.
An estimated 90% of you parents and even more of the public don’t know this learning even exists, thus aren’t calling for it from your schools and legislatures despite SEL’s exceptional 35-year evidence-based history. See five lifelong benefits. So parent and public awareness are crucial.
Parents can call your schools and legislators and ask for it. Even if anyone reading this simply informed parents you know and shared elements of this website on social media, you’d be helping. Employers can play a major role by informing parenting staff. Major companies can popularize SEL with their marketing as they did for STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) and reap the benefits of public appreciation and better workforces.
Here’s our full guide to how anyone can help:
As a non-profit project of the Earthways Foundation, we are dedicated to educating and activating parents, businesses and the country to support EQ and SEL in order to make the lives of our kids really work, enabling them to go on to make the world work better for everyone. We tirelessly advocate to get SEL into 100% of preschools through high schools by 2030, and for families we curate the best, mostly free at-home learning resources from respected providers. We are not providers ourselves. Ally with us! See opportunities below.