Only about half of surveyed educators (53 percent) say their school has an explicit emotional well-being policy in place, but 23 percent say they are developing a policy. Twenty-one percent encourage emotional well-being without having a policy in place, and 3 percent have no policy and no plans to develop one.
Sixty-four percent of surveyed teachers want to support students’ emotional well-being in school, but lack the resources or time, while 71 percent believe change needs to come from the leadership level.
The top three technologies that support students’ emotional well-being in school include:
- Educational applications or software, because they complement and extend the learning experience (58 percent)
- Collaboration tools, because learning is social (49 percent)
- Data and analytics about student emotional states, because visibility leads to accountability (46 percent)
Emotional well-being is maximized inside and outside the classroom
In the classroom, a majority of educators value students’ emotional well-being in school:
- 93 percent believe they have a social learning focus in class
- 82 percent believe students benefit from challenges they can overcome
- 75 percent believe a feeling of community and belonging impacts academic success
Students’ emotional well-being in school is influenced outside the classroom, too:
- 79 percent of surveyed educators think positive, stable relationships are important to academic success
- 82 percent think extracurricular activities have a positive effect on well-being
- 83 percent think a supportive home environment impacts emotional well-being in school
A global view of emotional well-being in school
Positive emotional well-being is important across all the countries included in the survey. Sixty-seven percent of schools in Asia encourage development of emotional literacy in the classroom. Sixty-six percent of teachers in North America say they incorporate principles of emotional literacy in their classroom.
Latin American educators see long-term benefits to positive education–65 percent of Latin American educators agree that emotional well-being is important for developing healthy adults and responsible citizens, compared to 42 percent of the rest of the world.