Giving Compass’ Take:
· Linda Jacobson at Education Dive explains how arts and arts education is being used as a tool to help students build their social-emotional skills.
· How can philanthropy support more robust arts education curriculums in schools?
An overall message from the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development’s two years of work was that academic learning is a social and emotional process. Artistic endeavors — whether performing, creating or responding to others’ work — likely involve even more social-emotional skills and opportunities for students to practice them. The new report has implications for school leaders who are looking for ways to reach schoolwide SEL goals or are required to show how those goals are being addressed on report cards.
The authors stress, however, that there is still much to learn about the links between the arts and SEL. “Perhaps the greatest need is for applied research that better articulates and explores the ways that specific art practices and pedagogical strategies in different contexts lead to different social-emotional competencies,” they write.
Other organizations focusing on expanding arts in schools as part of a well-rounded education are also drawing connections between arts education and SEL. Turnaround Arts: California, part of a national network of schools using the arts as a primary school improvement strategy, works with UCLArts & Healing, a center at the University of California, Los Angeles, that offers professional development and arts-based programs for schools and after-school programs. Beat the Odds, for example, combines drumming with group counseling.
Read the full article about building social-emotional skills through art by Linda Jacobson at Education Dive.
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