MASC Delegate Assembly approves SEL resolution
At the annual joint conference of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS), the MASC Delegate Assembly unanimously approved a resolution focused on students’ social and emotional well-being.
The resolution affirms MASC’s commitment to social-emotional learning, including its leadership on exSEL, and emphasizes the need to make SEL an educational priority statewide.
Here is the full text of the resolution:
RESOLUTION 4: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS
WHEREAS various factors including, but not limited to, the impact of poverty, family status, other social issues and academic pressures have contributed to a marked increase in the levels of stress and anxiety among students at all grade levels, and WHEREAS the expansion of standardized testing to a wider range of students and these tests to establish ratings for schools and districts has contributed to the growing concern among educators that students are exhibiting complications of adding stressful factors to their lives both inside and outside of school, and
WHEREAS advocates for students, including school committee members, school leaders, teachers and parents have identified that an effective strategy for children is to address social and emotional learning (SEL)by various tactics, and
WHEREAS in response to the demand for SEL, initiatives have been organized by several stakeholder groups including a collaboration of MASC, MASS, MIAA, MSSAA, MESPA, MOEC, and Teachers 21, and, in addition, a separate working group within MASC to identify available resources, new strategies, and tactics to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Massachusetts Association of School Committees shall be directed to deploy such resources of the Association independently and in collaboration with other organizations to gather resources, identify strategies, and improve public awareness of the importance of addressing student social and emotional well-being, and further that
MASC shall give consideration to such public policy initiatives that prioritize action by stakeholders and stakeholder groups, in collaboration with expert behavioral and health care providers, as the most effective entities for addressing strategies that are in the best interests of children.