Assessing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Guide to Meaningful Measurement (Sel Solutions Series)

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 0.4 X 6.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Clark McKown, associate professor of behavioral science at Rush University Medical Center and founder and president of xSEL Labs, lives in Evanston, Illinois.


This is the best book I have read on practical approaches to assess students' social and emotional learning (SEL). It informs district and school administrators, teachers, and student-support personnel on how to measure students' social and emotional strengths and to use data to enhance students' behavior and school success. This is a valuable pre-service and in-service training resource for practitioners who implement school-family strategies to measure and promote SEL.--Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), UIC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Illinois Chicago
If we take the importance of SEL skills seriously, we must find ways to assess these skills and provide teachers and leaders with accurate and actionable data. This book offers practical advice that can help leaders choose the right SEL assessment tools and, most importantly, use them in ways that can transform students' daily experiences in the classroom. A must read for any leader working on SEL reforms!--Bridget Hamre, PhD, Research Associate Professor, University of Virginia, author of The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
Clark McKown provides an outstanding overview of why assessing SEL is so important. In doing so he has created a much-needed practical guide for educators and parents on why we should assess SEL, what we might assess, how we can assess, and how we can use the information that is generated. Bravo!--Paul D. Goren, PhD, Superintendent, Evanston/Skokie District 65
Dr. McKown has done it! This book provides clear and specific guidance to assess social and emotional learning skills for our students. A meaningful and astute must read for any school principal or district level leader struggling with the next steps to support intentional work in SEL. I wish we'd had this resource as we started our journey several years ago!--Catherine Wang, EdD, Superintendent of Schools, Glencoe District 35