Social-Emotional Competencies Matter

Author: Mary Bales

The Well-Being at Work research project values social-emotional competencies (SEC; e.g., grit, authentic self-expression). Edutopia recently released a list of highlights from education researchers.  Included was research surrounding the long-term benefits of SEC for students and found that for every $1 invested, $11 in long-term benefits is yielded.  The same principles apply to teachers’ SEC.  How are you developing your social-emotional competencies?


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