Chapter 3
. B. Build Academic And Social-Emotional Competencies

For students to graduate from high school prepared for college and career, they will need to master advanced academic skills as exemplified in the Common Core standards. Different students will need different levels of support, some will need double- dosing (taking twice as much English or mathematics instruction) and some will need skilled tutoring that is tightly linked to their coursework. Students will also need to develop a core set of non- academic or social-emotional skills – that is, how to manage themselves, their schoolwork, and their emotions. Motivation, resilience, grit, tenacity, perseverance, the ability to form relationships are increasingly seen as not only key to success in elementary and secondary school, but important to students’ later success in postsecondary education. Similarly, employers recognize their relevance to thriving in a work environment. In response, schools throughout the nation are beginning to embed social-emotional learning into instruction and advisory programs, and into efforts to improve school climate, creating safe, responsive and healthy schools where students thrive.

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