Aspen Institute National Commission Builds Case for Social, Emotional and Academic Development

January 26, 2018

Social and emotional development play a critical role in student learning, according to an interim report released from The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development on January 23, 2018.

The report, “How Learning Happens: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional and Academic Development,” sheds light on how students, teachers, parents and administrators nationwide are incorporating social, emotional and academic learning into K-12 education. Among its preliminary findings, the report concludes that effective social and emotional development programs support each student’s individual needs and provide opportunities for educators to build social and emotional skills themselves.

The Hatcher Group collaborated with the Aspen Institute on the report, providing design, editing and social media support. A media call prior to the release resulted in stories in Education Week, Education Dive, and in Politico’s “Morning Education” newsletter, with more to come.

Later this year, the Commission will release a final report identifying specific recommendations for schools to integrate social, emotional, and academic learning, and The Hatcher Group will continue to provide a wide range of communications support.