Giving Compass' Take:

• Saiying Steenbergen-Hu at The Hechinger Report writes on how more and more teachers are finding the benefits of using social-emotional learning towards the success of their students. 

• How can parents get involved in fostering social-emotional training? Which states are acting most progressively on this topic?

Here are 8 lessons on social-emotional learning. 

As instructors finalize lesson plans and schools across the country head back into session, there’s been a recent and significant surge of interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula at both the federal and state levels.

With few exceptions, policymakers, educators, families and communities in many states see the benefits of social and emotional learning and are united by shared goals to promote these practices as part of a well-rounded education.

One exception: Last month, several members of the Ohio state school board opposed the board’s strategic plan to include SEL skills as one of four focus areas in schools statewide. In the end, their request to remove social-emotional skills as a focus area was voted down.

Read the full article about social-emotional learning by Saiying Steenbergen-Hu at The Hechinger Report.