The onset of the coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread educational disruption for K-12 students and educators. The impacts of the pandemic – such as learning loss during distance learning and social isolation – have taken their toll on students and increased calls to help them develop the social-emotional skills needed to do in the face of difficult times.
Even before the pandemic, some school districts were looking for strategies to help students learn to manage their emotions, have empathy for others, collaborate and communicate. But as educators now increasingly focus on such efforts, tensions have occasionally erupted over the intersection of SEL and political debates over race, gender and other volatile and burning issues.
In September and October 2022, the EdWeek Research Center surveyed teachers, principals, and district leaders to learn more about their views on SEL today. Drawing on the results of the nationally representative survey, this Spotlight report summarizes 10 major trends in 10 accompanying graphics.
The results highlight educators’ predictions of whether their districts or schools will increase or decrease financial investments in SEL, changes in the extent to which school districts have taught SEL over the past two years, and the number feedback that educators receive from concerned parents. that schools teach values that they don’t approve of for their children.