Why teach SEL?
If you've not yet seen this video about the Jefferson County SEL initiative, I encourage you to take a few minutes and watch it, esp if you're interested in SEL.
It shows a couple of important things, I think.
1) Taking the time off the bat to collaborate with students on creating the behavioral standards really pays off. They buy in to the standards that they helped create, and therefore are more invested in upholding them.
2) The teacher has more time to teach because classroom management issues are reduced, which in turn improves student performance.
Pretty brilliant, and gets to some of the issues Heather WG mentioned in the SEL webinar thread. Thoughts?