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Jun 06, 2018
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Springboard to Success – How Social and Emotional Learning Helps Students in Getting To, Through and Beyond College

Three-day program to expand knowledge of SEL and assessment needs for tertiary education in Canada, Mexico and the United States Stakeholders taking part in the program will learn about current practices and identify scalable solutions

Practitioners, scholars and policymakers from Canada, Mexico and the USA are among those who will gather in Princeton, New Jersey, for the latest program of Salzburg Global Seminar’s Education for Tomorrow’s World multi-year series.

The three-day program, Springboard to Success: How Social and Emotional Learning Helps Students in Getting To, Through and Beyond College, has been organized in partnership with ETS, our long term education series partner.

40 participants are expected to meet today at ETS’ Princeton Campus. Together they will examine how Social and Emotional Learning programs can help more students get into college, do well there and find or create the jobs they want when they graduate in Canada, Mexico and the United States. They will also look at ways of improving student learning outcomes and expanding opportunities and knowledge of students’ needs for support.

This program follows on from a regional workshop held in Jordan earlier this year – Mainstreaming Innovations in Social and Emotional Learning in MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey). Before this, a similar event took place in Santiago, Chile in November 2017.

These workshops were organized following Salzburg Global Seminar’s 2016 program, Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills. Recommendations and insights from each workshop will be developed further during a global synthesis program later this year. Mainstreaming Innovations from Social and Emotional Learning Around the World will be held at Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria, from December 2 to 7.

Participants will address several key questions during this week’s program. These include:

  • What are the key student SEL experiences (classroom, co-curricular, home and work) as students make their way to, through and beyond college?
  • How should SEL opportunities be packaged and promoted to colleges and universities for use in admissions, for recognition during college and as students look beyond college?
  • How do faculty, administrators and staff incorporate and make use of SEL into their efforts to increase student progress into college, through college and beyond?
  • What current SEL metrics are currently being used?
  • What SEL measurement issues that need to be considered?
  • How does technology help students to acquire - and maintain – the SEL skills they need?

Dominic Regester, program director at Salzburg Global Seminar, said, "This session expands the focus of our ongoing work around SEL to look at the role SEL programs have in helping students from marginalized communities get into tertiary education, succeed there and then go on to find or create the kind of jobs they want after graduation. This will bring a strong social justice aspect to the conversations which is an important and often overlooked aspect of SEL research."

Salzburg Global’s Education for Tomorrow’s World multi-year series shapes new approaches to learning, skills and inclusion for radically different societies. Topical programs and regional workshops address emerging challenges and opportunities for education, assessment and the future of work, generating strategic recommendations and practical projects to re-calibrate and reform current systems.


Springboard to Success: How Social and Emotional Learning Helps Students in Getting To, Through and Beyond College is the third workshop designed to examine social and emotional skills learning from different geographic perspectives. It was developed following the Salzburg Global program, Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills. This workshop is held in partnership with ETS. Information on the workshop is available here. If you want to follow the conversation on Twitter, search for #SGSedu and #mainstreamingSEL. You can learn more about the series by visiting education.salzburgglobal.org