Learning in Afterschool and Summer (LIAS) Blog
Expanded Learning 360°/ 365 Project
In the last decade, research on learning and the brain, and the
impact of social-emotional and character skills, has expanded our
understanding of learning. Currently, we are witnessing a
significant pivot from a narrow focus on academic performance,
measured by standardized reading and math test scores, to a
broader perspective of young people’s development that includes
and promotes social-emotional and character skills.
This shift is based on recent research on the importance of social emotional learning, non-cognitive skills, growth mindsets, and character skills. Much of this is reflected by the new Common Core State Standards, the CORE Waiver’s focus on social-emotional accountability, and Expanded Learning Quality Standards being developed in many states.