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Assessing Students' Social and Emotional Learning

A Guide to Meaningful Measurement (SEL Solutions Series) (Social and Emotional Learning Solutions)

Clark McKown


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An essential guide to using social and emotional assessment in support of teaching and learning.

Assessing children’s social and emotional learning skills is a critical and underappreciated element of all SEL programming. This book provides educators with practical information that they can use to clarify their assessment goals, identify viable assessment options that meet their needs, and understand and use assessment data to inform their practice and improve student outcomes.

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

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

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393713350, 192pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

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.