In their latest policy brief, Teach Plus Massachusetts Policy Fellows advocate for state, district, and school leaders to help meet Massachusetts students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) needs by improving both funding and professional development support.
Supporting Social and Emotional Learning for All in Massachusetts Public Education outlines recent SEL research and state-specific policy developments, in addition to offering five recommendations for leaders across the state:
- Support teacher candidates and educators with SEL tools and professional development opportunities, and develop a statewide criteria for SEL trainings.
- Ensure all schools have SEL Ambassadors and ongoing SEL professional development.
- Provide supports and increased staffing to address students’ emotional challenges.
- Develop guidelines for strengthening SEL through family and community engagement.
- Research and recommend evidence-based statewide SEL curriculum options.
During a joint event with The Rennie Center and Transforming Education, fellows shared their insights with educators and school leaders before providing their recommendations to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Explore the full report here, and reach out to connect with other advocates working on SEL advocacy issues.