Social-Emotional Learning, Why Now?

Social-Emotional Learning, Why Now?

Huffington Post
By Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.
Education Director, Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is spreading like wildfire — and not just in the United States. Countries such as the U.K., Singapore, and China are starting to implement SEL in their schools as well.

Why now? Why all of a sudden are schools all over the world taking notice of SEL?

Many reasons exist why a school might adopt SEL, all of which have been validated by research: to increase academic success and, somewhat ironically, to lower the stress-levels of students as they strive towards that success; to prevent negative behaviors such as drug use, violence, and bullying; to equip students with the “soft skills” they will need in today’s work environment; and to promote positive relationships and attitudes about school.

No one would disagree that these are all really great reasons for teaching students social and emotional skills.

Yet a closer examination of the science behind SEL reveals a story of human development that suggests an even deeper reason for implementing it — one that goes beyond teaching these skills solely to remedy our social ills or to enhance academic success. Rather, the science of SEL has the potential to alter how we view ourselves as human beings and hence, our purpose of education.

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Due February 1, 2015 – Letter of Intent to OAH

Due February 1, 2015 – Letter of Intent to OAH

According to the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), prospective applicants who are interested in applying for a teen pregnancy prevention grant are asked to submit a letter of intent as early as possible, but no later than Feb. 1, 2015.

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows OAH to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

Wyman strongly encourages those applying with TOP to complete this step.

The letter of intent should include: A descriptive title of the proposed project; the name, address and telephone number for the designated authorized representative of the applicant organization; and, the FOA number and title of this announcement.

FOA Number:  AH-TP1-15-002
Title: Replicating Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B)

Letters of Intent should be directed to the program office at:
Attn: OAH TPP Tier 1B
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-2846
Email: tpptier1b@hhs.gov

FOA Number: AH-TP2-15-002
Title: Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Tier 2B)

Letters of Intent should be directed to the program office at:
Attn: OAH TPP Tier 2B
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-2846
Email: tpptier2b@hhs.gov

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Office of Adolescent Health Webinars Available Now

Office of Adolescent Health Webinars Available Now

The Office of Adolescent Health will host several technical assistance webinars to review teen pregnancy prevention grant offerings for potential applicants.

Webinar 1: Thursday, January 22, 3 – 5 p.m. Eastern.
Opportunity: AH-TP1-15-002 – Availability of Funds for Replicating Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need
Potential applicants should call: 1-888-566-5780
Passcode: 3899321
Net conference log-in:
https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1052978&p=3899321&t=c
The webinar is only available once it has started.
More information on the webinar can be found on the OAH website at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/grants/open-grants.html.

Webinar 2: Thursday, January 29, 3 – 5 p.m. Eastern
Opportunity: AH-TP2-15-002 – Availability of Funds for Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Potential applicants should call: 1-888-566-5780
Passcode: 3899321
Net conference log-in: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1052995&p=3899321&t=c
The webinar is only available once it has started.
More information on the webinar can be found on the OAH website at:
http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/grants/2015%20FOAs/2015-tier2b-foa-info.html

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