DEI + K-12 + Papers
DEI + K-12 + Papers
As students return to a more traditional “brick and mortar” school setting following a year of learning in a predominantly remote setting, school leaders are confronted by the overwhelming impact of the pandemic on student mental health and well-being. Not surprisingly, many school districts have responded by placing increased attention on the value of social emotional learning (SEL), according to the “Finding Your Place 2021: Social Emotional Learning Takes Center Stage in K-12” report from Tyton Partners, in collaboration with The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
The company recently surveyed almost 2,000 school and district leaders, more than 100 product suppliers, and interviewed various SEL providers and practitioners to track the continued development of the field of social emotional learning, understand the effects that COVID-19 and rising awareness of racial injustice have had on SEL in the classroom, and to gain a more holistic view of SEL ecosystem health on both the supply- and demand-sides. This report follows on Tyton’s 2020 first of its kind report which mapped the SEL ecosystem taxonomy and identified key demand and supply drivers in this nascent market.
“Schools are grappling with an urgent need for new approaches to better support the mental health and well-being of their students after returning from a year plus of remote learning,” said Sean Crowley, Senior Principal at Tyton Partners. “Despite committing record-level spending on SEL during the past year, implementation of high-quality, formal programs and practices is still emerging.”
Other findings include:
“Schools and districts are in uncharted territory and will require continued encouragement and guidance to scale and deepen adoption of high quality SEL,” said Andrea Mainelli, Senior Advisor at Tyton Partners. “All of the people serving K-12 students need to do more to close the gap.”