"Every teacher, parent, school administrator, and politician should now recognize that the social and emotional learning of students is a prerequisite for democratic, harmonious life in every community. This book shows teachers how to right the educational imbalance that has changed our students’ lives over the last 30 years."
"Authors Cynthia Sistek and Dee Fabry have created an important and practical guide about making assessment of learning more attainable, more learner-centered, more formative than summative, and more in line with social and emotional skills and competencies. Assessing through the Lens of Social and Emotional Learning is just what educators are looking for after the pandemic that disrupted the educational system. This book is a must-read for educators who are seeking to humanize the assessment process.
"Given that all learning is social and emotional, it’s critical that we recognize that all assessments can foster social and emotional skills and development. In fact, many tools do just that, and they are highlighted in this book. But some assessment tools do not, and these authors help us think about which tools add value to students’ development and inform the teacher about next steps in learning that also honor the strengths our students have. It’s a must-have resource on assessment that delivers on the promise to provide practical tools and strategies."
"This book is a must-read for anyone invested in K-12 education and holistic student success. Dr. Sistek and Dr. Fabry have provided a well-rounded, research-based approach to the overwhelming necessity of making SEL a priority in today’s public school systems. They set the stage for this need by providing a history of SEL and how SEL is ingrained in learning for each and every human being on the planet, then showing how our current state-mandated testing has been more damaging than helpful in the growth, development, success, and happiness of our students.
"Based on solid theoretical grounding, Assessing Through the Lens of Social and Emotional Learning aligns with the latest research in neuroscience that reveals emotions' influential role in the learning process. The book is refreshingly interactive, encouraging readers to document personal takeaways and pedagogical gems for immediate classroom use.
"Finally! A resource for educators that makes assessment meaningful! Sistek and Fabry skillfully integrate a human-centered and culturally relevant SEL approach to the process of gathering, analyzing, and utilizing data. Talk about evidencing impact! Educational leaders, this book is a must-have!"
"Reading this book is like having a conversation with caring, knowledgeable guides who are especially sensitive to cultural awareness and relevance on a learning journey about assessing for student improvement in SEL. The learning objectives and action-oriented reflections in each chapter ensure readers have clear takeaways.