December 6-7, 2016
The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Oakland for a two-day meeting, Integrating Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to Advance Equity and Achievement. The meeting explored methods to support and integrate academic, social, and emotional learning in K-12 education. Implementation efforts surrounding the Common Core State Standards have frequently addressed the knowledge and skills needed for academic success. The interpersonal and intrapersonal competencies embodied through social and emotional learning (SEL), however, are often preconditions for academic engagement, and represent critical skills for career and civic success beyond the classroom. Discussion during the meeting explored ways in which school districts can integrate SEL with academic efforts to best position students to thrive in and out of school. Participants received a briefing book of resources and literature that included information about the Oakland context, research and policy about SEL, current SEL progress in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), information about OUSD’s SEL instruction and curriculum, strategies for how to transform adult behavior and culture, equity and SEL, and how to assess and report SEL competencies.
Meeting Summary (564 KB)