Sept. 14, 2016: CASEL and Committee for Children co-sponsor
Congressional briefing on SEL and employability skills

On Sept. 14, 2016, as a co-sponsor with Committee for Children, CASEL Board Chair Tim Shriver, Chief Knowledge Officer Roger Weissberg, and President/CEO Karen Niemi, along with leaders from IBM and the Chicago and Austin public schools, discussed employability skills with representatives of Congress.

This briefing was timely as Congress is now considering reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Today employers in every industry sector emphasize the need for employees with certain foundational skills. These include strong academic fundamentals like reading, writing, and math. But equally important to their success now and in the future is their mastery of employability skills like teamwork, problem solving, work ethic, and integrity--skills that are taught within social and emotional learning. All these skills can be taught, and research shows that students and adults with these skills do better in school, in the workplace, and in life.

Two useful handouts on SEL and employability skills are available here and here, and additional information is available at Committee for Children here.