Youth Development Today is a monthly newsletter focused on youth well-being and student success. Each issue offers a balanced collection of practice-based insights, academic research, and grey literature.
According to this report published in Child Development, young people who took part in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) interventions performed better than non-participants “on a variety of indicators — including academic performance, social skills, and avoiding negative behaviors like drug use.”
The study also suggests that in addition to immediate effects on behaviour, SEL programs may have long-term preventative benefits.
Confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience are some of the attitudes, skills, and dispositions that are thought to play a critical role in learning and helping students succeed in school and beyond.
This report from the UK-based Sutton Trust highlights the importance of these life skills, explores how they are currently taught in the UK school system, and offers recommendations.
This brief by the Aspen Institute focuses on how schools can effectively incorporate social, emotional, and academic development into daily practice. The brief highlights findings from medicine, economics, psychology, brain science, and education research to demonstrate the importance of the social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of learning, and how they can impact both academic and life outcomes.
If we want to be effective at preparing young people for the workplaces of tomorrow, we need to help them learn how to adapt to changing needs or unforeseen circumstances in their future jobs and how to collaborate with others. Strong interpersonal skills are crucial. This means that educators need to shift their thinking from what students are learning to how they are learning. Classrooms should “reflect the richness of real-life interactions, and to give people experience in the kinds of settings that are going to be useful to them when they leave school.”
Wise words from Karen Pittman: “Broadening the definition of what readiness means, and providing students with opportunities to name the skills, reflect on their abilities, and work to improve them can potentially double the number of young people who are actually ready for what the future holds.”
Youth Development Today is a monthly newsletter focused on youth well-being and student success. Each issue features 5 to 10 current resources on youth development, and offers a healthy mix of academic research, practice-based insights, and grey literature.