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The Other Side of the Report Card : Assessing Students' Social, Emotional, and Character Development - Maurice J. Elias

The Other Side of the Report Card

Assessing Students' Social, Emotional, and Character Development

Paperback Published: 29th February 2016
ISBN: 9781483386676
Number Of Pages: 112

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To better serve the whole child, look at the whole report card. Students are more than their academic grades'you know it and their parents know it. The progress they make in social-emotional learning and character development is essential to their success in school and in life. But while educators have made great strides in improving grading for academic achievement, we've left too many teachers still guessing when it comes to outdated behavior ratings and comment sections.    That's where this book comes in. Grounded in research and in the author's work with teachers and administrators, it offers guidance on retooling report cards to better reflect the whole child, integrating SEL and CD into any school- or district-wide grading system. Resources include   '¢Guided exercises for analyzing existing report cards '¢Samples and suggested report card designs '¢Tips on improving communication with parents '¢Case studies highlighting common challenges '¢Testimonials from teachers and students

Industry Reviews

This book brilliantly illuminates the key role played by social-emotional learning in each student's development and it challenges the tradition of relegating the SEL/EQ observations to the back of the report card. If we want to develop better communities, this book shows the way. -- Dr. Neil MacNeill PhD, EdD - Head Master
The ultimate goal of misbehavior is attention. When children don't get the attention they need through the proper behavior, they will get it any way they can. Children want to be loved and cared about. When teachers incorporate SEL and character development it helps students learn the proper ways to get attention. It will also help teachers better understand the misbehaviors and redirect students toward positive behavior. -- Pamela L. Opel - Teacher, Intervention Specialist
"The Other Side of the Report Card is a complete implementation guide to help school districts develop or improve how they convey to families the social, emotional, and character strengths and needs of their children in a culturally appropriate way. With the use of takeaway points, examples, checklists, research, and resources, district teams have the "soup to nuts" process to document that other side of the report card and share information needed to support the success of every student." -- Susan Gorin, CAE

"The Other Side of the Report Card by Maurice Elias, Joseph Ferrito, and Dominic Moceri is a rich resource for educators who want to figure out how best to report on students' social, emotional, and character development. Most teachers are used to simply selecting from a menu of comments to?? describe a student's behavior on a report card. Dr. Elias et al suggest that it should be much more than that. Rather than simply accepting the premise that "what gets measured is what's important," Dr. Elias argues that if it is important, it should be measured. The book is full of examples, research, case studies, and, what I really liked, a nice framework for faculty discussion. Each chapter begins with key takeaways and reflection points that will help focus a faculty committee determined to improve its evaluation system. Chapter 7 is particularly useful as it gives a checklist of important considerations. The authors focus on both SEL and character, acknowledge their differences, but show that each could be part of a school's evaluation system. As we all strive to educate future citizens and recognize that focusing on academic achievement is not enough, The Other Side of the Report Card looks to be just what educators need to focus and assess on those elements needed for success in school and in life."

-- Becky Sipos, President & CEO

Annotated Table of Contents
Process Overview and How this Guide can be Utilized
Chapter 1- Is it Realistic to Include SEL Skills and Character on Report Cards?
Chapter 2 - Methods Currently in Practice: Yours and Others'
Chapter 3 - Adapting Your Report Card Comments for SEL and/or Character
Chapter 4 - Implementation and Case Study Examples
Chapter 5 '" Implementation with Case Study Examples for Schools with Current SEL or Character Programming
Chapter 6 '" Most Frequent Challenges Addressed and Overcome: Reassuring and Involving Parents, Aligning to Early Childhood Education and Career and Technical Education Goals
Chapter 7 '" Checklist of Important Considerations
Chapter 8 '" Literature Review on Previous Studies Related to 'The Other Sideï½? of the Report Card
Chapter 9 - Guidelines and Resources for Social-Emotional and Character Development Programming in Schools
Essential Reference Tables
Table 1: The CASEL 5: Definitions and Skills Examples
Table 2 Character Strengths and Behavioral Indicators
Table 3 - Steps to Evaluating Current Report Card Comments in Your School
Table 4 - Common Characteristics of Student Behavior by Grade and the Overlap with SEL
Table 5 - Common Characteristics of Student Behavior by Grade and the Overlap with Character
Table 6 '" Example: SEL Likert Rating System
Table 7 '" Example: Character Likert Rating System
Table 8 '" Example: SEL Rubric Rating System
Table 9 '" Example: Character Rubric Rating System
Online Supplement - Developmentally Adapted SEL Likert Rating System With References
Online Supplement- SEL Skill Trajectory Grades 1-12

ISBN: 9781483386676
ISBN-10: 1483386678
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 29th February 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.5  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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