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More and more people are coming into an agreement that schools have a big responsibility to foster the students’ social and emotional development, and not only focus on their cognitive skills. Casopis InterFON is here to show you new ways and methods on how we can shape our students to become productive citizens of the country. For one, social-emotional learning (SEL) is now being introduced to help the students develop the abilities to know their strengths, manage their temper, have a set of goals that they want to achieve, develop empathy, be responsible in making decisions, and create relationships among each other.

Several researches has already proven that such skills play an important role in reducing anti-social tendencies of the students once they step out of school, thus boosting their academic achievement and improving their long-term health. It is not surprising that many institutions are now integrating this kind of learning to their curriculum. In fact, every state in the country has already developed SEL competencies at the preschool level, and the number of states with such competencies for higher grades continues to rise. Based on the data obtained by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), at least 16 states should have SEL competencies articulated for K-12 by the end of 2019.