By Maurice Elias
It’s time for the leaders of the social-emotional learning (SEL) and character education fields to jump in the sandbox together and create a set of common guidelines for implementation in schools. This is a variation of the “Manhattan Project” called for years ago by Tim Shriver, a founder of CASEL.
He believed at that time that such a project would involve creating a common curriculum for all to share. Similar concerns about the proliferation of approaches, often competing, were articulated last month at the Character Education Partnership’s annual Forum in Washington, D. C.