Consider a common scenario: a school identifies social emotional learning as a priority for the coming year. But teacher-led professional learning sessions quickly go off the rails. Teachers disengage because—in a twist of irony—the sessions fail to consider the mix of feelings peers have around the new initiative. And then the realization: teachers would benefit from social emotional learning, too.
Jill Harrison Berg makes the case for a social emotional learning climate for adults in schools, asserting such a cultural change is beneficial but requires teacher leaders and administrators working together to achieve it. Specifically, Berg explores three ideas for success and buy-in:
- Establish relationship-building routines.
- Design for collaboration.
- Engage each other as resources in problem solving.
These ideas are at the core of building a strong teacher-powered culture. Read Berg’s article, “Leading Together / SEL for Adults”, from the October issue of Educational Leadership to learn more.