In his essay, “The Purpose of Education,” a young Martin Luther King, Jr. famously wrote, “Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” Studies bear out the import of Dr. King’s message – schools that intentionally cultivate the social-emotional aspects of learning, through shared norms, values, and language; report healthier and happier students and staff, as well as less behavior referrals. So what are schools doing to address the social emotional development of students? How can schools best leverage counselors, social workers, and other mental health specialists? Which approaches to character education are most promising?
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Are the Kids Alright.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2014.