Help Bring SEL to All Your Schools
As an education administrator, you’re often caught in the middle. You need to balance the needs of students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, regulators, even business owners. Why should social-emotional learning (SEL) get space in your calendar, let alone your schools?
In many ways big and small, SEL smooths the way for all the other initiatives you need to deliver for your students, your schools, and your community.
Administrators play a huge role in guiding kids’ social and emotional development. Our EQuip Our Kids! campaign is here to mobilize public support for this game-changing cause.
Read on for ways that, together, we can advocate for social-emotional learning to help all kids succeed in every aspect of life. Here’s a a list of Resources to familiarize yourself better with social-emotional learning from a professional perspective.
Ways to Advocate for
Here are some easy ways you can advocate for widespread adoption.
- Join the SEL Alliance in your state. (If your state doesn’t have one, consider starting one with guidance from this same link.)
- Contact other school district administrators and your board of education to get them behind social-emotional learning. For guidance on what to say, click here.
- Talk with parents in your community about social-emotional learning. If they’d like more information, you can direct them to our Parents page.
- Allocate some of your organization’s required continuing education units (CEUs) to learning more about SEL and how to apply it in your building or district.
- Be sure to “like” our Facebook page.
- Say Yes to SEL by adding your name to our SEL Endorser’s list.
Working With Teachers, Parents, and the Public
As long as there has been universal general education in the United States, schools have been forced to balance competing influences that impact the classroom.
As an education administrator, you see these struggles every day as you balance the needs of different stakeholders in your building or district.
Here are some common objections you might hear regarding SEL and ways for you to turn objections into dialogue. For backup information support scroll over our WHY EQ & SEL tab in the menu bar above.
- Some teachers might object to yet another regulatory requirement to cram into their already-overflowing academic calendar. Help them understand that SEL doesn’t displace learning, it smooths the way for it.
- Some parents might object that SEL means schools are trying to teach, or even replace, values that should be taught at home. Ask them what values they are specifically worried about and show them evidence of how SEL schools can support those values.
- Some members of the public might object to public education dollars being spent on non-academic activities. Help them understand that SEL training helps kids become better-performing students today and more productive citizens later.