For too long, those of us in positions of cultural dominance have not listened to the experiences of our colleagues of color. And when we do, we often are trying to defend ourselves or explain away their experiences.
Both equity and social, emotional, and academic development are currently receiving much-needed attention, but neither can fully succeed without recognizing strengths and addressing gaps in these complementary priorities.
Many educators recognize the significance of social-emotional learning and we, rightfully so, are always aiming to increase its presence in our schools. But did you know that social-emotional learning (SEL) and equity are two sides of the same coin?