City Voices May 2008: Social and emotional learning

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For many kids, it’s tough to do well in school because of problems outside school. CPS is beginning to recognize the issue, and schools have begun to incorporate what’s called ‘social and emotional learning’ into the daily curriculum, teaching kids coping skills and how to handle family and other concerns without being overwhelmed with their difficulties. Guests: Betty Allen-Green, former principal of Herzl Elementary and founder of Chicago’s first Amachi program for children whose parents are in prison; and Mary Utne O-Brien of CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at UIC.