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Generals, Business Executives, and Educators Agree: Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is Key to Success for All Kids, According to New Committee for Children Ebook

SEATTLE—Committee for Children (CFC) today announced the publication of a one-of-a-kind thought leadership collection titled How Social-Emotional Learning Helps Children Succeed in School, the Workplace, and Life. This innovative anthology brings together diverse opinions and provocative viewpoints from 10 of the world’s cutting-edge thought leaders in this area.

“Whether they’re educators, philanthropists, community activists, retired military, private-sector executives or behavioral specialists, the best-and-brightest contributors to this new ebook provide us with a sensitive, real and relevant analysis of the problems we face, as well as pragmatic, state-of-the-art solutions,” says Joan Cole Duffell, Executive Director of Committee for Children. “We need to hear—and learn from—many voices, all voices, if we’re truly going to enhance and enrich the lives of children on our planet.”

The new Committee for Children ebook includes the following articles:

 Schools Should Be More Proactive and Preventive in Helping Students with Behavioral Issues
—By Andria Amador, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services, Boston Public Schools

We Need to Educate Our Children’s Hearts and Minds
—By Meria Joel Carstarphen, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools

Social-Emotional Learning Readies Children for Their Life Mission
—By Paul D. Eaton, Major General, Retired, United States Army

Why Companies Should Enhance and Enrich Their Employees’ Social-Emotional Skills
—By Reed Koch, a former Microsoft executive, 2014–2016 President, Board of Directors, Committee for Children

Social-Emotional Learning Helps People Feel a Deep Sense of Satisfaction About the World
—By Dan Kranzler, Founder, Kirlin Charitable Foundation

Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Has Made a Dramatic Difference in Students’ Lives
—By R. Keeth Matheny, Teacher, Austin (Texas) Independent School District

Leaders with Social-Emotional Learning Skills Are a Force for Global Good
—By Matt Segneri, Director, Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), Harvard Business School

SEL Helps Enrich the World that Our Children Inhabit
—By Alonda Williams, Senior Director, Education, Microsoft

This compendium of thought leadership also includes a foreword by Roger P. Weissberg, PhD—Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Knowledge Officer at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)—that explains why social-emotional learning is essential for our nation’s schools.

In addition, there is an introduction that focuses on globalization and the future by Committee for Children’s Duffell.


For more information—or to obtain a copy of Committee for Children’s new ebook—please contact Shauna McBride at Committee for Children: shauna mcbride email


About CFC

Founded in 1978, Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through education and advocacy. CFC is the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying and sexual abuse. The organization’s curricula reach more than 9 million children in 26,000 schools around the world.

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