Social and Emotional Learning, Vol. 27, No. 1
“Social and Emotional Learning as a Public Health Approach to Education”
What’s the focus of your research?
Developing and testing school-based programs to improve children's well-being and caring for others.
If readers take one big idea from your Future of Children article, what should it be?
Skills based curriculum are essential for building children's social and emotional competence, but we need to think about the larger issues of organizational systems change in order to create healthy and caring schools for both children and adults.
What did you learn from writing a Future of Children article?
That social and emotional learning means many things to different people and that clear definitions and careful, rigorous research will be needed in the next decade to independently test which programs and ideas have long-term consequences for children's learning and well-being.
Mark Greenberg is the Bennett Chair of Prevention Research at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State University.