Giving Compass' Take:

• Education Dive reports on outlines from the Aspen Institute on what constitutes good social-emotional learning (SEL) practices.

• How might increased SEL integration prevent school violence? In what ways can nonprofits show support for the programs that work in this area?

• Here's why educators must confront their own biases to teach SEL.

In 1983, the "Nation at Risk" report pointed to widespread underachievement in U.S. schools and warned that a “rising tide of mediocrity” would compromise America’s ability to have a competitive workforce.

On Tuesday, the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development released its culminating report, calling the U.S. a “nation at hope” that better understands how social and emotional development contributes to learning and later success.

“Our nation’s economy and the nature of work are changing, and businesses today need employees who can work well with others, express their ideas clearly, and persevere when they face challenges,” Jorge L. Benitez, co-chair of the commission, said in a news release.

The former CEO of Accenture North America, Benitez is among the leaders from the business, education, research, policy and military sectors serving on the commission. Over the past two years, they have learned from scientists, educators, parents and youth about how social and emotional development each interact with academics, and they reject the idea that relating to others, showing empathy or persevering toward a goal are considered “soft” skills.

Read the full article about SEL integration providing hope for the future by Linda Jacobson at Education Dive.