Getting Smart - Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills




Latest News

Print article
Dec 04, 2016
by Chris Hamill-Stewart
Register for our Newsletter and stay up to date
Register now
Getting Smart - Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills

Educators from across the globe arrive in Austria to rethink education in the modern world Getting Smart - Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional SkillsTwenty-first Century jobs will require 21st Century skills, and according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report, emotional intelligence will be one of the top 10 job skills in 2020. With new technologies and artificial intelligence hurtling us towards a "Fourth Industrial Revolution" in countries at all stages of economic development, how we prepare this generation of learners to be the next generation of working is an increasingly important issue.To address this issue of a changing economic landscape and shifting understanding of what is important in education and work, Salzburg Global Seminar, in partnership with ETS (Education Testing Service) , will convene the session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills, December 4 to 9 at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, Austria, as part of its multi-year series Education for Tomorrow’s World.Education for Tomorrow's World seeks to address systemic challenges and opportunities for re-shaping education to prepare for the societies and work of the future. The series was conceived as part of the long-running collaboration between Salzburg Global Seminar and ETS in recognition of the fact that in order to identify talent and foster success across our societies, assessment science and practice, along with predicative analytics will need to become drivers for change. The 2015 session, “Untapped Talent: Can better testing and data accelerate creativity in learning and societies?” explored these issues, focusing especially on the use of data in prediction, analysis, and driving change. The 2016 session “Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills” will build on the outcomes of the 2015 session. It will bring up to forty education leaders and other stakeholders together from around the world to explore the challenges and benefits of fostering SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), including how this will affect the development of academic skills and more general testing of learners' abilities. Emerging evidence in education, psychology, neuroscience, and economics suggests that SEL skills can also be measured and developed to help improve academic achievement, reduce negative behaviors, and enrich interpersonal relationships. Cultivating SEL skills through a more systematic approach could therefore have long-term benefits for learners, schools and colleges, and workplaces. Participants will approach this topic in session-wide discussions and smaller breakout groups, asking and answering questions such as “What are the political, organizational and financial constraints that education leaders face in promoting social and emotional learning?”, “How do we best measure social and emotional skills?” and “What are the next steps that education leaders and other stakeholders can take to leverage opportunities for social and emotional learning and enhance support to children, particularly those in adversity?” By addressing these questions in a highly collaborative and open environment, participants will aim to produce a set of strategic principles on how best to strengthen social and emotional skills through education policy, curricular development, assessment and whole school policies. They will produce a concise “Salzburg Statement” suitable for wide dissemination, challenging policymakers and educational leaders to enhance social and emotional learning. In addition, this year’s session will facilitate on-going cross-border exchange between participants, and will play an important role in the future of the Education For Tomorrow’s World program.

The Salzburg Global Session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills is part of the Salzburg Global series Education for Tomorrow's World, hosted partnership with ETS. More information on the session can be found here: You can follow the discussion on Twitter with the hashtag: #SGSedu

Related Content

Getting Smart – Day Four – “Make Schools Great Again!”

Dec 08, 2016

Suicide and Sinking Tragedy Show Why Social and Emotional Skills Are so Important for Students

Jan 12, 2017

Getting Smart - Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills

Jul 27, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning - A Global Synthesis

Dec 02, 2018

Ayelet Giladi - SEL Is Important for Everyone

Dec 08, 2016

Should SEL Be Measured and Assessed? If So, How?

Dec 07, 2016

Getting Smart – Day Three – Measuring Social and Emotional Learning

Dec 07, 2016

Who Should Take the Lead and Be Responsible for Children's SEL Development?

Dec 06, 2016

Getting Smart – Day One – Social and Emotional Investment

Dec 05, 2016

Michael Nettles - Why the ‘Whole Child’ Matters

Dec 04, 2016

Hot Topic - What Is "Social and Emotional Learning" and from What Age Should It Be Developed?

Dec 05, 2016

Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills

Dec 04, 2016

Untapped Talent: Can better testing and data accelerate creativity in learning and societies?

Dec 12, 2015

Experts Call for New Approaches to Measure Human Potential

Jan 14, 2016