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Social and Emotional Learning Skills Following the Covid-19 Pandemic
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, social and emotional learning and the safety of students were a concern for educational leaders (DeArmond, 2021). The Department of Education introduced metrics under the Every Student Succeeds Act (U.S. Department of Education, 2015), and social and emotional learning initiatives rose to the top of districts’ priorities. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended that administrators consider a review of their multi-tiered interventions (MTSS) for social and emotional learning to address students’ increased social and emotional needs (Minkos & Gelbar, 2020). The purpose of this mixed-methods, explanatory study was to investigate how educators rate students’ social and emotional skills and examine referral rates returning from interrupted instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research explored the amount of professional development educators have received and are currently needing in social and emotional learning. Phase One utilized quantitative survey data investigating educators’ perceptions of students’ social and emotional abilities and examined referral rates during 2021-2022. Phase Two explored educators’ perceptions of students’ social and emotional learning skills and what professional development staff is needing in social and emotional instruction. The study addressed the following research questions: 1. How do educators rate their students’ social and emotional learning skills following COVID-19? 2. Is there a significant difference reported in the number of student referrals for social and emotional learning to the multi-tiered system of support prior to and returning from COVID-19? 3. How do educators describe students’ application of social and emotional skills since returning from distance learning? 4. How do educators describe the support they currently need within the area of social and emotional instruction? The results revealed that students are struggling with social and emotional competencies and educators are seeing an increase in negative behaviors returning from Covid-19. The data suggests that educators had concerns about students’ social and emotional learning and did not refer the students for intervention. The data also suggests that educators need professional development within social and emotional instruction. The results may support educators’ and students’ social and emotional learning returning to school following the COVID19 pandemic.
Education|Teacher education|Educational leadership
Brow, Leslie K, "Social and Emotional Learning Skills Following the Covid-19 Pandemic" (2023). Dissertation & Theses Collection. AAI30424364.