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An Antidote to the “Fever” of Social and Emotional Learning: Build from Science and Evidence, and Ask the Right Questions

November 15, 2019

In a response piece in Education Next, Sophie Barnes and Stephanie Jones argue that when it comes to SEL we need to use evidence and ask the right questions. Noting that SEL skills are malleable and that teachers and schools can build them, the authors stress that we need to closely align knowledge and...

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