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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray: Why We're Introducing Social-Emotional Learning in New York City Schools

Posted On: Jun 20, 2019   |   Posted By: Fortune

In the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, the sixth graders of Meyer Levin Junior High have a routine. Each day, everyone in the grade gathers for a town hall meeting. They cheer on each other's successes, and support one another through struggles. When one student shared her worries about the results of her grandmother's custody hearing earlier this year, her classmates responded with encouragement.
These sixth graders understand what many adults have taken too long to grasp: The emotional well-being of students is vital to their success in school. But until now, we haven't given teachers tools they can use in the classroom to help kids, and we haven't given kids the skills to grow emotionally.
That's why at the start of the next school year, New York City is revolutionizing its school system by initiating the nation's most comprehensive approach to social-emotional learning in every classroom.
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