No one can deny the importance of students gaining academic skills to succeed at the university level and beyond. But in recent years, research has shown that in addition to academics, focusing on non-cognitive skills creates a school climate and culture conducive to learning. And it gets better. It turns out that these social-emotional skills, attitudes, and behaviors not only facilitate success in school, but also in the workplace.
A 2016 Study of over 200 members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers are looking for employees who excel at:
- Setting and achieving goals
- Feelings and showing empathy for others
- Cooperating and teamwork
- Creative problem solving
- Making responsible decisions
Therefore, a more collaborative, empathetic workforce is at the forefront of our society. This workforce will only grow more connected and dependent on skills gained through college and career readiness, which means that students must develop both academic skills and social-emotional skills if they want to thrive in the workplace.
A 2013 report from the College & Career Readiness & Success Center explores many ways in which college and career readiness standards (CCR) can combine with social-emotional learning (SEL). The report highlights evidence that supports the benefits of using CCR and SEL standards together for the benefit of school-aged children.
The Mendez Foundation continues its commitment to both CCR standards and SEL skills for teens. The newly revised Too Good for Violence – Social Perspectives High School program, available in early June, is an evidence-based program that adheres to CCR standards and reinforces SEL skills that teens need to succeed in life. It is our priority to ensure that teens have these skills for when it is time to step out on their own to achieve success.