Social and emotional learning (SEL) describes skills that may not often be explicitly taught, but are an integral part of human development and of the educational process for anyone. The framework from CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) suggests five social-emotional learning competency areas. These include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. How to teach these competencies and then also how to assess these competencies are questions that are being posed more frequently across many country contexts.
EdIntersects draws from international frameworks and applications in various countries to build assessments for SEL that will help inform a country’s academic and human development goals within education systems. One such framework is the International Social and Emotional Learning Assessment (ISELA), developed through Save the Children’s global education research initiatives, which gives a window into children’s social support network, empathy, prosocial behavior, conflict resolution behavior, approaches to learning, and understanding of the social-emotional learning environment around them. It is used to assess the effect of social and emotional wellbeing programs on children between 6-14 years of age.
EdIntersect is adept at bringing the latest research to bear in considering the adaptation and use of validated instruments within specific country and cultural contexts through a participatory process with local colleagues and stakeholders. EdIntersect is committed to investigating the needs of children and teachers and education systems in a given country context and adapting tools for use within a program framework at various grade levels and in various content areas.