Emotional Learning Aids in Student Achievement: The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders releases a policy snapshot identifying state-level strategies for integrating social emotional learning (SEL) into schools. SEL is the process of learning to control one’s emotions through improvements in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Researchers recommend integrating SEL into schools by adopting statewide standards that explain which SEL skills students should know and practice at various grade levels, as well as by including them in the educator evaluation process, thereby holding schools accountable.
Survey Looks at Strategies for Improving Classroom Observations: The Southern Regional Education Board publishes a report on state-level strategies for improving classroom observations. The report found that classroom observations account for a significant portion of teacher evaluations and that many states face technical, logistical, and human capital challenges, such as evaluators needing additional training, when trying to implement observations. The authors recommend providing additional opportunities for educators to develop an understanding of the classroom observation rubric through more than a cursory introduction and providing districts with standardized training materials and ongoing support.
Subsidized Child Care System Analyzed for Parental Workforce Success: The Urban Institute issues a report examining Massachusetts’ subsidized child care system and how it attempts to balance enhancing quality early child education with promoting parental workforce success. The researchers found workers within the system viewed the two goals as complementary, individuals with nontraditional work schedules had a need for increased child care support, and not enough quality child care providers accepted state subsidies.