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A wide array of high-quality research combines to show that intrapersonal and interpersonal non-cognitive skills, such as self-control and social competence, are well-established predictors of success in academics, career, and well-being. Given the importance of these outcomes and the strength of the existing research, it is time for these competencies to be incorporated effectively into educational policy and practice as complements to existing academic and cognitive goals in order to ensure schooling works to help all students flourish.




This paper is the first in a series that will share lessons learned from collaborative activities. We focus on the first year of the Boston Charter Research Collaborative. We also provide recommendations for laying a foundation for a successful collaboration between researchers and practitioners who want to work closely with each other to better understand and support growth and success for all students.