Assessing key competency measures for a holistic perspective on student learning.
Recent research on socio-emotional learning (SEL) has converged on the finding that academic and life success is not just influenced by cognitive abilities. Instead, forming healthy socio-emotional constructs such as motivation, grit, resilience, mindset, and empowering students to have stereotype threat, stress, and anxiety reduction strategies can greatly influence and enhance student learning. These constructs may be particularly important for students with learning differences (LDs) who, as a result of their learning challenges, may face greater potential conflicts in understanding their self-concept. Through our SEL toolkit, an online compilation of questionnaires, we hope to better understand individual SEL profiles and how they may contribute to academic success and well-being. This will enable educators and parents to develop and evaluate more targeted SEL intervention techniques for a more holistic perspective on student learning.