Resources for Parents

For Parents2017-05-19T01:17:27-04:00

Given the groundswell of interest in social-emotional learning in recent years, we know that parents are eager to learn more about MESH and its developing role in our schools. We provide resources for parents in order to raise awareness about the importance of MESH, and we translate key research findings to further parents’ understanding of this quickly evolving field.

  • The Scale of Our Investment in Social-Emotional Learning

    The Scale of Our Investment in Social-Emotional Learning
    TransformEd conducted a nationally representative survey of teachers, principals, and district leaders to ascertain the amount of time spent in classrooms on social-emotional learning (SEL), the amount of money spent on products and resources related to SEL, and the motivations of various stakeholders for investing in students’ social-emotional skills. We found that, as a nation, ...
  • Ready to Be Counted

    Ready to Be Counted
    This paper summarizes a large body of research showing that MESH competencies, such as self-control and social competence, are well-established predictors of success in academics, career, and life.

7/8/20: SEL in a Virtual World

This 30-minute informational video walks you through how to support the social-emotional development of both students and staff while they are physically apart. It highlights SEL best practices and resources that can be leveraged for distance learning.

3/19/20: Trauma-Informed SEL

In this webinar, child development specialist, Akira Gutierrez and Director of Social and Emotional Learning for North Andover Public Schools, Nicole Murphy introduce our Trauma-Informed SEL toolkit while sharing lessons learned at the district and classroom level. We also hear about ways to help students process feelings as they navigate the uncertain period of Coronavirus as well as during their transition back into the classroom. Participants will leave the webinar with resources and strategies to better establish a trauma-informed environment.

9/13/18: Looking at the Intersection of Student Agency and School Discipline Practices

In this webinar, Peter Brunn of Center for the Collaborative Classroom and Akira Gutierrez of Transforming Education discuss how critical student agency is to student success in school and how a school’s discipline practice can support and cultivate agency in students. Participants will leave the webinar with practical tools and strategies to begin this work in their own classrooms and schools.

3/22/18: Promising Practices for Promoting Student Agency

This 75-minute webinar builds on last year’s agency webinar series and features panelists from Henry Country Schools in Georgia as they discuss their approach to promoting agency in the classroom. We also hear from a high school student as she shares some student perspectives on useful and empowering ways to discuss data with students.

2/7/18: A Data-Informed Approach to Social-Emotional Learning

This webinar, created for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), provides an overview of how to support students’ social-emotional (SE) competency development through a data-informed approach. We begin with a discussion of the rationale behind measuring SE competency, the research supporting this claim, and an examination of different types of assessments that are intended to measure students’ SE competency. We also discuss policy levers currently available to support a locally-created, systematic, and data-informed approach to social-emotional learning. Finally, the webinar provides an overview of ways to use resulting data from SE competency measures (at the classroom-, school-, and system-level) to identify areas of need and strength, gauge the effect of practices that aim to develop students’ SE competencies, and address issues of equity by asking whether those practices are working equally well for all students.

3/30/17: A Data-Informed Approach to Supporting Student Agency

This webinar identifies the measures of skills and environmental factors that undergird agency, and a discusses how to develop an individualized approach to assessing contextual and individual factors of agency for formative purposes.

3/9/17: Supporting the Whole Child: Advancing Social-Emotional Learning in Massachusetts

Transforming Education and the Rennie Center for Education Policy and Research co-sponsored a webinar on the state of social-emotional learning in Massachusetts. The webinar features brief presentations on SEL research and policy opportunities, and a panel discussion with educators from Massachusetts districts and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Discussion topics include DESE’s plans to prioritize SEL, the role state and district leadership can play in furthering SEL, and the creation of exSEL, a collaboration of several statewide organizations.

1/5/17: Supporting the Whole Student through Policy and Practice

Sponsored by TransformEd, this webinar features a discussion on MESH research and measurement and the CORE Districts, updates from Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, and insights from SEL practitioners in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

11/15/16: Advancing Social-Emotional Learning Under ESSA: How the Work of the CORE Districts Can Inform State Policy

This webinar discuss the CORE Districts’ efforts to expand the definition of student success in California through SEL measurement, and how those continued practices can inform state policy during ESSA implementation. Featured panelists include Rick Miller and Noah Bookman of the CORE Districts, and Heather Hough of PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education). Bob LaRocca of TransformEd moderated the discussion.

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