Student wellbeing & SEL are more important than you think

eSchool News is focusing on social-emotional learning this year

Wellbeing is at the core of learning
We are proposing an innovative contextual view that places student mental health and wellbeing at the center of all schooling processes. From this perspective, student success across the entire K-16 educational experience can and should be measured by mental health and wellbeing outcomes, not simply academic achievement or graduation and retention rates.

We can expose everyone in our society to mental health and wellbeing best practices. We can teach all school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults how to be healthy, build social-emotional learning and student wellbeing practices into K-16 classrooms, and integrate efforts across the entire K-16 experience.

Research demonstrates that people’s success comes only partially from the intellect, and it is more important to develop optimism levels, social supports, and the ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat. The lens through which we see the world creates our realities—from the inside out—and the K-16 educational system has the ability, and responsibility, to help students develop their own unique lens.

Transformative models and high impact practices are available. We can create wellness and the better society we envision. Please join us throughout 2019—and read our monthly articles on eSchool News—as we open a conversation with K-16 educators to transform our mindset to produce positive student health and wellbeing outcomes.

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