The research is clear: Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.
What is the role of student support professionals in fostering social and emotional learning (SEL) at the middle and high school levels? School counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other SSPs have many responsibilities, to which promoting SEL is typically an add-on. And we know that the context for SEL interventions in middle and high school is often one of time constraint.
Teachers need not be the only ones responsible for implementing SEL. We must remain realistic as to what they are able to accomplish during class time. Whether with individual students, groups, or entire classrooms, adequate time for comprehensive skill building is generally lacking. This may lead to attempts to get too much done too quickly, thereby sending students back to class without sufficient depth of learning. The effect of this is to cast a shadow on SEL interventions and those who implement them.