Social and Emotional Learning: Time for Action
This five-day highly-interactive session will provide a retreat environment to stimulate new thinking and insights around ways to overcome existing and anticipated blockages to the establishment of SEL programs. Participants will compare theory, policy and practice from across different SEL networks, opening up new perspectives and intensive learning opportunities. The program will combine presentations by groundbreaking practitioners, cross-sector panel discussions, and curated conversations. Participants will also work in smaller focus groups that meet several times to develop ideas, arguments and new approaches in greater depth.
Salzburg Global Seminar’s Education for Tomorrow’s World programs seek to bring together cross-sector and cross-generational change-makers to tackle complex challenges.
For this program, around 40 participants from widely varying education systems and sectors will come together on equal terms to examine cutting edge insights into SEL policies, curricula and assessment and to develop compelling arguments for the fundamental necessity of SEL programs as a key education reform driver to optimize all students’ opportunities and to improve educational outcomes.
The Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN) will be sponsoring participation for global south.
Over the course of the five-day program, participants will address the following questions:
- How do we convince the unconvinced? The argument for SEL is not yet won and as SEL programs become more established and better known, there may be more push back from stakeholders with differing priorities.
- What does current best SEL practice look like and how can it be developed in new parts of the world?
- How important is definitional clarity around key SEL concepts as the work moves forward?
- What SEL training will teachers and other educators need, and how can they develop their own social and emotional skills?
- What does a 21st century curriculum need to look like? How can the full range of learning opportunities that contribute towards the acquisition of social and emotional skills be recognized?
- How do we measure social and emotional skills in a way which is equitable and does not lead to cultural normalization?
- What are the next steps that education leaders and other stakeholders can take to leverage SEL opportunities?
- How can we create better collaboration and learning across different education systems?
Outcome and Impact
During and immediately after the Salzburg program, participants and staff will co-create a number of strategic products to leverage the learning and recommendations from the meeting:
- Advocacy: A Salzburg Statement will be jointly drafted to respond concisely to the Key Questions and serve as a call to action to help participants personally as well as their institutions and communities.
- Online engagement: A series of Twitter debates will be launched following the program to continue online engagement on a monthly basis around key questions raised through the program.
- Multimedia outreach: A series of webinars and podcasts will discuss and disseminate the Salzburg Statement and multiply its impact in different settings. These will provide an opportunity to engage with many more people than are present at the meeting and bring the outcomes to new audiences.
- Impact report: A report will subsequently be published summarizing the program as well as highlights from the Twitter and webinar debates that follow it.