The VSB was pleased to host three evenings for parents, teachers and caregivers, which explored social and emotional learning in adolescents and teens.
Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, a UBC based researcher, lead an engaging and informative presentation, which explored predictors of academic success in youth.
The presentation focused on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in youth. Participants were introduced to the SEL as a key component to a healthy, well-rounded education.
Goals of SEL are to promote students' self-awareness, social awareness, relationship and responsible-decision-making skills and improve student attitudes and beliefs about self, others and school.
The study, on which she presented, was gathered from a multi-year project that chronicled the social and emotional learning of students from across the province as they progressed from Grade 4 to Grade 7.
SEL involves the processes through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Schonert-Reichl's research has focused on the SEL and development of children and adolescents with a particular emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster children's positive human qualities such as empathy, altruism, and resiliency. Schonert-Reichl has investigated the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs-including the Roots of Empathy and MindUp, a program that integrates social and emotional learning and mindfulness-based education.