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Students' Social-Emotional Development:

Selected Memo Summaries

If students are to lead productive and happy lives, they need more than academic skills and knowledge; they need “soft” skills like empathy, tenacity, self-control, and the ability to work with others. This selection of Marshall Memo summaries explores character education, worries about teaching social-emotional content in schools, and programs that make a difference. 

Questions to consider:
  • Are social-emotional skills innate, or can they be taught by families and schools?
  • How much responsibility do schools have to teach social-emotional skills?
  • Can schools repair the damage when children have experienced trauma?

Here's the table of contents:

Students' Social-Emotional Development


Character and Moral Development

  1. Four facets of character
  2. Rethinking social and emotional learning
  3. Educating for full civic participation

Worries About Social-Emotional Learning

  1. Should schools assess students on social-emotional skills?
  2. Cautionary notes on social-emotional learning in schools

Curriculum Content

  1. Successfully educating children who have experienced toxic stress
  2. What parents and teachers can do to teach self-regulation
  3. Zeroing in on the key skill of perspective-taking
  4. A more flexible approach to social-emotional learning in schools

Programs That Make a Difference

  1. The secret sauce of effective advisory programs
  2. Additional suggestions for advisories
  3. High-school debate and "cultural capital"
  4. Helping teen girls deal with the hidden culture of female aggression

Professional Learning Suggestions